Navigating the Holocaust:

Your Compass to Holocaust Education in Wisconsin

Monday, July 12 – 10 am – 3:30 pm

Tuesday, July 13 – 9:45 am – 4:30 pm

Wednesday, July 14 – 10 am – 2:30 pm

Thursday, July 15 – 10:30 am – 3:30 pm

Friday, July 16 – 10 am – 3 pm

*Full schedule will be made available soon.

A free virtual workshop for Wisconsin educators, designed and led by experts who will help you teach about the Holocaust and other genocides in the classroom. Hosted by the Nathan & Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Topics include, but are not limited to; understanding the new Holocaust education mandate and the resources available to support educators; best practices for teaching about the Holocaust; and specific content explorations around the history of the Holocaust, Nazism and propaganda, the American responses to the Holocaust, the study of other genocides, and contemporary antisemitism.


Featured Speakers


Danny M. Cohen, Ph. D. is a learning scientist, education designer, and fiction writer. A distinguished professor of instruction at Northwestern University in the School of Education and Social Policy and The Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies, Danny specializes in Holocaust memory and the design of human rights education. He is the founder of the nonprofit Unsilence and the author of academic articles and works of fiction, including the short story DEAD ENDS, the choose-your-own-pathway mystery THE 19TH WINDOW, and the historical novel TRAIN, which was selected as the inaugural text of the national Teacher Fellows Program of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Danny is co-chair of the Illinois Holocaust and Genocide Commission, and was a faculty fellow of the Auschwitz Jewish Center and a member of the editorial advisory board for the academic journal The Holocaust in History and Memory. Originally from London, Danny is also a Chicago-based singer-songwriter and a member of the folk-rock band They Won’t Win

Rebecca Erbelding has been a historian, curator, and archivist at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum for the past eighteen years, and served as the lead historian on the Museum’s special exhibition, Americans and the Holocaust. She holds a PhD in American history from George Mason University and is the author of Rescue Board: The Untold Story of America’s Efforts to Save the Jews of Europe (Doubleday, 2018), which won the National Jewish Book Award for excellence in writing based on archival research. 

Natasha Uwimanzi joined Aegis Trust in 2014 to aid in the expansion of Aegis beyond the borders of Rwanda. During her tenure with Aegis, she has coordinated projects both for South Sudan and in Kenya notably the South Sudanese intergenerational Dialogue Exchange programs and The Champions Walk for Peace in Kenya. She has forged relationships for Aegis with other stakeholders in Kenya including INGOs, local NGOs, private sector, foreign missions and the government.  She is now responsible for coordinating multi-day learning and remembrance tours as part of the Champion Humanity program, a peace education program based on interactive methodology, where participants learn by doing. These programs, available to students and teachers both in Rwanda and internationally, teach about the history of the genocide in Rwanda and post-genocide reconciliation and peacebuilding.  

Ștefan Cristian Ionescu is currently a Theodore Zev and Alice R. Weiss-Holocaust Educational Foundation Visiting Associate Professor in Holocaust Studies at Northwestern University. He is the author of several book chapters and articles in such journals as Holocaust and Genocide StudiesNationalities Papers: A Journal of Ethnicity and NationalismJournal of Genocide ResearchHolocaust Studies: A Journal of History and CultureYad Vashem StudiesJournal of Romanian Studies, and Culture and Psychology. Ionescu’s book, entitled “Jewish Resistance to Romanianization: 1940-1944,” was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2015. 

Estelle Glaser Laughlin was born in Warsaw, Poland, in 1929. When she was 10 years old, her family was forced into the Warsaw Ghetto. The family hid in a secret room to avoid deportation during liquidations in 1942. Estelle’s father, Samek, built a bunker in which the family hid during the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in April 1943. The bunker was eventually exposed by a bomb, and the family was sent to Majdanek. Estelle, her mother, and her sister were selected for work.  When her sister was injured and unable to work, she hid in the barracks but was discovered and her name placed on a list. Estelle and her mother, believing the list named those to be executed, traded places with two other women so that the family might die together. Instead, the three were sent to the Skarzysko concentration camp to work in a munitions factory, and later to another munitions factory the Czestochowa concentration camp. The three women were liberated by the Russian Army in January 1945. They moved to Bavaria in August 1945 and remained there until they immigrated to the United States in 1947. 

Eva Zaret, born Eva Klein in Budapest, Hungary in 1936 lived through the Holocaust in the Budapest Ghetto. After the war, she regained her health in the Carpathian Mountains with her family. On a trip into the city, her family was caught in the outbreak of the Hungarian Revolution, which she and her husband escaped on foot, eventually coming to the United States. Over the years, Eva has shared her story with countless students and adults throughout Wisconsin and most recently shared her story with legislators to help demonstrate the need for mandated Holocaust education in Wisconsin.

Christina Chavarria is a Program Coordinator in the William Levine Family Institute for Holocaust Education at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, where she has worked since December 2006.  She has represented the Museum in Europe, Latin America, Israel, Japan, and around the United States.  Her interests lie in Holocaust literature, engaging new audiences and partners, and studying and disseminating information on the impact and history of the Holocaust in Spain, Latin America, and the US Latinx population.  She has forged relationships for the Museum with organizations such as the US Department of Education, National Archives and Records Administration, the US Department of State, museums within the Smithsonian Institution, and Holocaust organizations in Latin America. Christina currently runs the Conference for Holocaust Education Centers and works with 50 Holocaust organizations around the country.