Workshop Teaching the Holocaust with the Comic Book “The Search”

As part of the Holocaust Education Series (October 29 – November 16), the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre, the German Consulate in Montreal and the Education Working Group of the CURA project “Life Stories of Montrealers Displaced by War, Genocide, and other Human Rights Violations” invite you to a workshop dedicated to exploring the use of a comic book in Holocaust Education.

Thursday, November 13, 2008
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Concordia University, Oral History Department
1400 de Maisonneuve Blvd. West, Library Building, Room 1042
Metro Guy-Concordia
In 2007, the Anne Frank House published the comic book “The Search.” In this comic book, the main facts about the Holocaust are related through the experiences of two fictional Jewish families, the Hechts and Canters. “The Search” is intended for secondary school pupils between 13 and 16 years of age. Its use has been tested in the Netherlands, Germany, Poland and Hungary. 
The comic book format offers young people the opportunity to learn the most important facts about the Holocaust in an accessible way. In addition, the book illustrates the meaning of the Holocaust for people in different roles and positions (victims, perpetrators, helpers and bystanders), and the dilemmas and choices with which they were confronted.
The workshop will focus on the main creative and pedagogical ideas behind “The Search” and one will get to know the different characters and roles. Participants will share their ideas about new ways to use art and oral history in an educational setting in Canada.
The workshop will be led by:
Lies Schippers,
Anne Frank Haus, Amsterdam
Staff member, Educational department.
Lies co-authored “The Search” as well as the accompanying teaching materials. She has developed workshops for teachers about the use of the comic book.
Patrick Siegele,
Anne Frank Zentrum, Berlin
Head of Visitor's centre.
Patrick Siegele is Project Manager of the pilot project “The Search” in Germany. He is also in charge of educational programs for students visiting the Anne Frank Zentrum.
Bronwen E. Low,
member of the Education Working Group of the Life Stories project 
Bronwen is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education, McGill University.
Limited enrolment for students and teachers.
Pre-registration required
RSVP at 514-345-2605
This event is part of the Holocaust Education Series (October 29 – November 16). Detailed program available at