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Confronting Antisemitism (M. Berson, USF)

Michael Berson, NCSS member, Editor of the Instructional Technology column in SOCIAL EDUCATION, and Professor at the University of South Florida writes, "As we start the semester, the responsibilities of educators in addressing hatred and discrimination are receiving national attention. I'd like to offer a few resources that provide background on how to confront antisemitism:

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 'Confronting Antisemitism,'
Educators play a powerful role in society and the USHMM program Oath and Opposition: Education under the Third Reich examines the question: "What role did teachers play during the Holocaust?"
There are a number of case studies that you could use with a class

Anti-Defamation League,
And see also

USC Shoah Foundation (University of Southern California)
* Antisemitism and the Bystander Effect (Secondary Lesson Plan)
* 100 Days of Respect

Working Definition of Antisemitism

A permanent exhibition at the National Archives in Washington, D.C, allows visitors to explore how generations of Americans discussed and debated how to fulfill this promise of freedom. “Records of Rights” showcases original and facsimile National Archives documents and uses an innovative interactive experience to illustrate Americans’ struggles to define rights related to citizenship, free speech, voting, and equal opportunity. See the Teaching with Documents article by Michael Hussey, “'Records of Rights," Social Education (January/February 2014),

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"I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented." (Elie Wiesel's Acceptance Speech, on the occasion of the award of the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, December 10, 1986),

Michael J. Berson, Ph.D.
Professor of Social Science Education
Coordinator, Social Science Education Ph.D. Program
Senior Fellow, The Florida Joint Center for Citizenship
University of South Florida
College of Education
Department of Teaching and Learning
4202 East Fowler Avenue, EDU105
Tampa, Florida 33620–5650
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