Madene Shacher, an alumna of the Weiss-Livnat International MA Program in Holocaust Studies, Cohort II, has co-authored a chapter published in a new book from the EVZ Foundation. (EVZ, an acronym from German, is translated as; Foundation Remembrance, Responsibility, and Future). The new book; Interactions. Explorations of Good Practice in Educational Work with Videotaped Testimonies of Victims of National Socialism, explores the challenges, considerations, and opportunities educational professionals face when utilizing video testimonies in their lesson plans.
Madene Shacher’s chapter is titled; Educational Programmes Based on Child Survivor Video Testimonies at Yad Layeled Children’s Memorial Museum/Ghetto Fighters’ House Israel. In the chapter, Madene and her co-author, Dr. Michal Saden, explore the uses of video testimonies of Holocaust child survivors in permanent and rotating exhibitions at the Yad LaYeled Memorial Museum and present the museum staff’s re-evaluations and ongoing reflections regarding the use of videotaped testimonies for young learners. Additionally, an assessment based method for choosing the most appropriate videos is discussed.
With a large amount of Holocaust education materials available on the internet, Madene hopes her research will help guide educators to the best practices. Holocaust education programs for primary schools is a growing topic of interest and is a specialty of the Yad LeYeled Memorial Museum. They are dedicated to creating a collective memory of the Holocaust through its exhibitions, architecture and educational programs. Video testimonies of Holocaust child survivors serve a vital role in their educational initiatives.
Interactions. Explorations of Good Practice in Educational Work with Videotaped Testimonies of Victims of National Socialism is available to download for free on the EVZ website and is available for purchase on Amazon.
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