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September 2020

SFA: Implicit Bias: The Inner Work of Bias and Oppression

September 2, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The bigotry and barriers of systemic oppression are all around us. Many of us consider ourselves to be nice, open-minded people, free of racist thoughts or actions…but it is this very mindset that is dangerous and helps to keep they cycles of oppression going. It is often easier to see the biases and prejudices of others, but it is imperative that we take a hard look within ourselves – regardless of how “good” or “well intended” we are. We must…

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January 2021

Teaching “The Children of Willesden Lane” with Testimony-Based Resources

January 20, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Join USC Shoah Foundation, Echoes & Reflections, and the Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center of Florida to learn about our resources for teaching The Children of Willesden Lane books. This professional development will present a unique, meaningful, and flexible approach to teaching The Children of Willesden Lane books. To prepare teachers to teach the historical context, the session will provide a historical overview of the events leading up to the Kindertransport — rising antisemitism, Nazism, and the Kristallnacht Pogrom—…

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February 2021

A Conversation With My Mom: Bernice Lerner & Ruth Mermelstein (nee Rachel Genuth)

February 7, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Before the word “Holocaust” entered modern parlance, Bernice Lerner learned about her parents’ wartime experiences. But before she learned what they had suffered and endured, she heard stories about their childhoods and post-war years, which seemed adventure-filled. Of course, the ruptures in their lives were more complicated and tragic than she could imagine as a child. In fact, it has taken decades of research for her to gain an understanding of what happened to members of her family. Lerner felt…

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June 2021

In My Own Words with Claire Soria

June 27, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

In 1940, Claire Soria was only 5 years old when the Germans invaded Belgium. She remembers watching the Nazi troops and tanks parading through the streets of Brussels a few days after her fifth birthday to replace the Belgian flags with the red, white, and black Nazi banners in their place. Her parents had to stop going to work, were forbidden from some public places, and could only shop during certain hours. Though her youth shielded her from much of…

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