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Lecture, teacher workshop focus on the Holocaust

Contact: Christina Chapple


     HAMMONDSoutheastern Louisiana University will host a public lecture and a workshop for teachers May 2-3 in conjunction with Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day.

    On Friday, May 2, historian Monika Flaschka of Kent State University will present “Women and the Holocaust,” at 11 a.m. in the Pottle Music Building Auditorium. On Saturday, May 3, she will join historians Judith Fai-Podlipnik and Plater Robinson, master teacher Ann Trappey, and Holocaust survivor Anne Levy for “Teaching the Holocaust in American History,” a workshop for teachers offered through the Teaching American History (TAH) grant program.

     The workshop is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Fayard Hall, room 101. Teachers are required to pre-register by contacting TAH Project Director Ann Trappey at, (985) 748-2443 (phone) or (985) 748-2445 (fax).

     Eligible Region II Social Studies teachers can earn six hours of continuing learning units (CLU’s) and a $65 stipend for the workshop. Participants will receive free copies of the “Stories of Holocaust Survivors from New Orleans” series, and Robert Abzug’s “America Views the Holocaust,” as well as other teaching materials.

     Southeastern social studies education majors interested in attending the workshop should contact William B. Robison, head of the Department of History and Political Science, at Robison is academic coordinator for the TAH program, a joint project of the department and the Tangipahoa Parish School District.

     The teacher workshop will include presentations on “Hitler and the Rise of Nazism” by Robinson, “Not Just Germany: Hungarians in the Holocaust” by Fai-Podlipnik, “Women and the Holocaust” by Flaschka, “Sisters in the Warsaw Ghetto: An Introduction to the Stories of Holocaust Survivors from New Orleans Documentary Series” by Levy and Robinson, and “The Holocaust in American History: Approaches, Resources, Standards” by Fai-Podlipnik, Flaschka, Robinson, Trappey.

     Flaschka’s presentation, which is open to the public, continues the department’s tradition of presenting a free public lecture to mark the Yom Hashoah, said Robison. He said the lecture is co-sponsored by the Campus Outreach Lecture Program of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies supported by the generosity of Jack and Goldie Wolf Miller.

     Flaschka’s research examines the gender ideology of Nazism and rhetorical motivation for the rape of Jewish, Roma, Sinti, and Slavic women during the Holocaust. She is a doctoral candidate in history at Kent State and  held the Charles H. Revson Foundation Fellowship for Archival Research at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2006-07. She participated in Northwestern University’s Holocaust Educational Foundation 2005 summer institute and in a Yiddish for Holocaust research program sponsored by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Indiana University. She also was in Germany on a DAAD scholarship in fall 2006. 

     Fai-Podlipnik, associate professor of history at Southeastern, has published articles on post-World War II Hungarian émigrés, prisoners, and refugees, Hungarian anti-communism, and other aspects of Central and Eastern European history, and is currently editing a Holocaust survivor’s memoir. She has received grants from the Holocaust Educational Foundation and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum for its Silberman Seminar program, participates in Florida State’s Holocaust Summer Institute for Educators, and offers a popular Holocaust course at Southeastern.

     Levy was four years old when the Nazis attacked and occupied Poland in 1939. Her family survived two years in the Warsaw ghetto before escaping to survive the rest of the war by pretending to be Christians. Anne, her parents, and her younger sister Lila are among the few Jewish families in Poland who survived the Holocaust. They moved to New Orleans in 1949. 

     Levy’s life is the subject of historian Lawrence N. Powell’s book, “Troubled Memory: Anne Levy, the Holocaust, and David Duke’s Louisiana.”

     Plater Robinson, Holocaust education specialist at the Southern Institute for Education and Research, wrote his master’s thesis at LSU on Nazi Germany’s role in the Spanish Civil War.  He has had a long career in public radio, winning National Headliner, National Community Broadcaster, and New Orleans Press Club awards, and earning recognition from the Association of Independent Reporters. He now conducts workshops for high school teachers on the Holocaust.

     Ann Trappey, a 30-year veteran of social studies classrooms, is a Master Teacher and author of the state's U.S. History Comprehensive Curriculum. She has served as director of two TAH grant projects, “Louisiana’s Role in Traditional American History” and the on-going “Louisiana’s Role in Traditional American History, Phase Two: Global, National, Local, and Personal Dimensions.” 

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