Texas Holocaust Remembrance Week Reaches Over 25,000 Students

Rose Williams, Holocaust Survivor, pictured with Cambridge Elementary students

February 6, 2023

This year, the Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio (HMMSA) and its Texas Holocaust Remembrance Week (THRW) Committee hosted 21 presentations at school campuses throughout San Antonio and 2 virtual presentations for schools in Round Rock during the week of January 23-27 as part of the 2023 Texas Holocaust Remembrance Week programming. These presentations featured HMMSA docents and second-generation survivors sharing Holocaust history and survivor testimony with students and community members. 

HMMSA also hosted three virtual webinars with authors Melissa W. Hunter, Anna Salton Eisen, and Holocaust researcher Dr. Eileen Angelini. The webinars were live-streamed for schools and community members during the week. You can view the recorded presentations on our website at https://www.hmmsa.org/thrw-presentations. 

Overall, the Holocaust Memorial Museum was able to reach over 25,000 students during THRW through presentations, traveling exhibits, educational trunks, and curriculum resources. We could not have done this without our volunteers, speakers, and THRW Committee members.  

Special thanks to Lisa Barry, Camila Castro, Kelsey Goldstein, Sharon Scharff Greenwald, Kathleen Hoskins, Rabbi Yoel Lax, Tracy Morris, Jeanette Pierce, Varda Ratner, Cherylee Stewart, and Ginny Wind. This dedicated group of educators and community members worked hard to bring this year’s program directly to students with the series of in-person and virtual presentations. Additional thanks to Dr. Jessica Hanshaw and Allison King for their guidance and seamless execution of the week’s programming. 

The next Texas Holocaust Remembrance Week will be held January 22-26, 2024. The museum and committee are already planning for next year.  

The Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio is a program of the Jewish Federation of San Antonio. To learn more or to sponsor one of the museum’s programs, visit www.hmmsa.org or contact info@hmmsa.org 

Dr. Steven Rosenblatt spoke at Bradley Middle School about his mother’s story of survival.
Ginny Wind spoke to students at Hobby Middle School