Call for Papers

The Holocaust did not happen overnight; nor did it occur in a vacuum. It was the result of a slow shift in definition of what were already understood and accepted concepts of good and evil. The Holocaust, therefore, was possible not because Hitler was a charismatic speaker or a cruel dictator, but because so much of his party’s intellectual and therefore ethical construct was already familiar to the people of Europe. As a result, the people of Germany and the many Nazi party members and soldiers were not deficient in moral sensibilities nor were they quintessentially evil or brutal people; they were in fact ethically sensitive. For them such deeds were simply no longer understood as evil. Herein lies the need for tolerance education. Through a thought-provoking study of the Holocaust and the social environment that led to it students can learn to counteract ignorance, brutality, and contempt fostered by intolerance as well as recognize the importance in following a moral compass that elevates the individual and the democratic values that nurture such a society.

We are currently accepting  scholarly written papers to be presented at our annual symposium.  The theme for the 2022 symposium is Interdisciplinary Approaches to Teaching the Holocaust in the 21st century.

When submitting your abstract please indicate if your presentation will be a traditional lecture or a workshop of 30 min, 45 min, or 1 hour in length.

Topics of Interest include: (but are not limited to)

Holocaust Studies in the middle school

The Holocaust and the non-Jewish student

The Holocaust in non-traditional subjects

The Future of Holocaust education & Holocaust education advocacy

Testimonies and Diaries vs Fiction

Holocaust History - the factual truth vs perceived truth

The Holocaust & Propaganda

Industrialization & the Holocaust

Holocaust Literature

Eugenics & Imperialism


Music and the Holocaust


The pitfalls and dangers of diluting the Holocaust or making current event comparisons

Big Business and the Holocaust

Why The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, Sophie's Choice, and other fictionalized versions of the Holocaust are a problem. 

Creative expressions: when is it appropriate

Application Guidelines & Requirements:


Eligibility for Classroom Teachers & Museum Docents:

Educators with 5 years of Holocaust experience preferably in grades 6-12 are eligible to submit a paper abstract of 300-500 words.  Clearly state what topic your presentation will address and the method of delivery in your presentation title (Lecture/Workshop/Round-table/Combination). Teachers/Docents seeking to submit a proposal must have a minimum of 5 years teaching experience utilizing Holocaust in their respective classrooms or organizations and have attended at least 1 teacher training in the field; and submit a proposal for a 30-45 min lecture/presentation or 40-50 min interactive workshop. Workshop presentations must include lesson plans and materials (if needed) for attendees at time of event.  Please provide a bibliography with your abstract. Submit both your abstract and bibliography as separate word documents along with a brief biography to: Carolina Simon at subject line Call for Papers Submission

Deadline to submit proposals is April 22, 2022. 

Eligibility for Scholars & other Professionals:


Scholars seeking to submit a proposal must hold a minimum of a Masters Degree in Holocaust Studies, Holocaust Literature, Jewish Studies or related field; Clearly state what topic your presentation will address  in your presentation title. Submit a proposal for a 30-45  min lecture/presentation. Please provide a bibliography with your abstract. Submit both as separate word documents along with a brief biography to: Carolina Simon at

Deadline to submit proposals is April 22, 2022.