Teachers' Guide to the Simon Wiesenthal Museum Centre and its Website
www.wiesenthal.com

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1.This site is probably most useful for History work on the Holocaust and
associated topics - it also offers potential for Citizenship.

The site is mostly about the Holocaust, however, rather than Positive Tolerance in general. Apart from the potential for video conferencing and emailing questions to and with Holocaust survivors, (see appendix) teachers could also use the site in whole class teaching, group work and individual research in the following manner:

  • We have a module on poetry writing that uses some of the the Holocaust Remembered material from the site.
  • When on the home page, click on Explore and Learn at the top of the page. You will then find the best sections for teaching and learning.
  • These include the Multimedia Learning Centre -this contains 3,000 text files and tens of thousands of photographs about inter alia, the Jews; the Nazis; the Final Solution; the Holocaust.
  • Another good site is the Virtual Exhibits section.
  • Another engaging site is the Teachers’ Resource section – here you will find a timeline; a glossary; a bibliography; 36 key questions with answers.
  • We also recommend the Special Collections section – nearly 100 topics and 15,000 documents in English, Hebrew and German.

2. This Centre’s website is part of a family of associated websites - there is also a European Centre that monitors neo-Nazi activity. There are also links to the Museum of Tolerance - this provides professional training through the Tools For Tolerance Program, and such a programme involves Positive Tolerance in general rather than having just the optic of the Holocaust. Such professional training will also be available through the New York Tolerance Centre which is due to open in May 2003.

This will obviously be cheaper although on-line training may be available too from this “Professional Development multi-media training facility” for “educators, law enforcement officials and state/local government practitioners” in “ intense educational and experiential day long training programs...interactive workshops, exhibits and video, individuals explore issues of prejudice, diversity, tolerance and co-operation in the workplace and in the community”.


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IF WE MANAGE TO DEVELOP A GLOUCESTERSHIRE MUSEUM OF CULTURAL DIVERSITY THEN IT WOULD BE MARVELLOUS IF WE COULD ALSO DEVELOP OUR OWN POSITIVE TRAINING CENTRE ATTACHED TO THE MUSEUM TOO - WE COULD ADAPT THE U.S.MODEL.

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