Racism, Antisemitism, and Prejudice
A Class Divided
In 1970, a public school teacher in Riceville, Iowa, divided her all-white, all-Christian third-graders into blue and brown-eyed groups for a lesson in discrimination. On successive days, each group was treated as inferior and subjected to discriminatory treatment. This FRONTLINE reunites the teacher and the class after 15 years to relate the enduring effects of their lesson. Of interest is when the experiment is used in at a professional conference of corrections officials. This is highly recommended by the Coordinator of Educational Outreach. Ideal for two 30 minute sessions. (60 minutes)
America and the Holocaust
In 1937, Kurt Klein emigrated to the United States from Germany to escape the growing discrimination against Jews that had become a terrible fact of life following Hitler's rise to power. Klein worked hard to establish himself so that he could obtain safe passage for his parents out of Germany. But, like other American Jews, he struggled with State Department red tape and indifference as he sought to rescue his family. Americans were becoming aware of the stories coming out of Europe about a campaign to force Jews out of Germany and about the horros of Kristallnacht in 1938. But american society had political, economic, and social problems of its own, including serious unemployment brought on by the Depression and long-standing -- and rising -- antisemitism. Over 100 antisemitic organizations blanketed the U.S. with propaganda, businesses refused to hire Jews, and certain hotels and clubs proudly proclaimed themeselves "Restricted." Even the government was not immune to antisemitic sentiments. America and the Holocaust paints a troubling picture of the U.S. during a period beset by antisemitism. It reveals a government that not only delayed action but also suppressed information and blocked efforts that could have resulted in the rescue of hundreds of thousands of people, including the family of Kurt Klein. VHS and DVD. 90 minutes. WGBH production.
Angels Of Austria: The Church That Reached Out To Holocaust Survivors
An unusual group of Christians attempt to reverse eight centuries of Antisemitism in their hometown by inviting Jewish Holocaust survivors formerly of Wiener Neustadt to return for a "Week of Reconciliation" in 1995. Judy Faust accompanies her mother and together they embark on an emotional roller coaster ride of grief, compassion, friendship, and healing. The Ichthys Church (or Free Church) takes them on a tour of places that mark centuries of Jewish life: synagogues, museums, cemeteries, as well as escorting them to The House of Parliament to be honored by the Austrian mayor, but the moment of healing for Judy's mother happens when sharing her story to a high school assembly where students listen to Holocaust survivors for the first time. From the initial tentative moments to the last joyous laughter, viewers will share the difficult and rewarding journey towards forgiveness and compassion for both the returning Jews and the Christian hosts (many who were descendants of former Nazis). Together they willingly explore their painful past while creating new milestones that they hope will mark an era of friendship and understanding. 37 mins. DVD only.
Antisemitism On The College Campus
In an effort to analyze anti-Semitic incidents on college campuses across the country, ADL convened a consultation with students who have been firsthand witnesses. In this video, edited from the three-hour consultation, they grapple with their reactions and search for solutions. Their reflections and suggestions will guide Jewish students in thoughtful discussion toward discovering solutions that safeguard their self-esteem. (30 min)
Auschwitz: If You Cried, You Died
A 24-minute video chronicling the journey of two Holocaust survivors as they revisit the hell they knew as Auschwitz Concentration Camp. This compelling video illustrates how the prejudice, intolerance, and violence that characterized the Holocaust provide timely lessons for all of us today. This revised edition now features youth discussing these important topics. The accompanying teacher's guide provides rich materials for further class discussion around the dangers of prejudice, the value of diversity, and the need to respect others. Visit WWW.IMPACTAMERICAFD.ORG fo additional information. VHS and DVD.
Behind The Mask
Colorful, imaginatively animated artwork and a simple rap song created by elementary students enliven this program that gently introduces concepts of stereotyping and discrimination. The tale revolves around "Red," a masked youngster who stereotypes the unfamiliar "Blues." As they interact, Red comes to see that behind the masks we all wear, we are all the same. Grades K-6. (8 min)
The California Reich
An inside look at the rebirth of the Nazi movement in America. It takes viewers on a guided tour of a California Nazi cell where they attend meetings, overhear party gossip, and observe the indoctrination of young party members. Due to racist content and language, students should be fully prepared before viewing this film. (55 min)
Confronting Antisemitism: A Family Awareness Project
Anti-Defamation League Media (8 min)
On January 20, 1942, 15 officials attended a conference at Wannsee on the outskirts of Berlin. Comprised of mid-ranking SS commanders and a variety of government ministers, the meeting was organized by SS Major Adolf Eichmann, under the direction of the ruthless and efficient Chief of Security Reinhard Heydrich. It was to be a polite conference with food, wine, and some debate, but beneath this thin veneer of manners lay an evil intent. By the meeting's close, the SS had gained control of the genocide that was to become the Holocaust. This 2001 HBO production stars Kenneth Branagh and Stanley Tucci and is excellent in developing the personalities of those involved and the bureaucratic and legal contingencies the SS manipulated. This film is highly recommended by the Coordinator of Educational Outreach. DVD and VHS. (HS+). Color. (96 minutes)
Constantine's Sword is the story of James Carroll; a former Catholic priest on a journey to confront his past and uncover the roots of religiously inspired violence and war. His search also reveals a growing scandal involving religious infiltration of the U.S. military and the terrible consequences of religion's influence on America's foreign policy. Carroll focuses on Christian antisemitism as the model for all religious hatred, exposing the cross as a symbol of a long history of violence against Jews (and, most recently, Moslems). The film brings the history of religious intolerance to life, tracing it as a source of the fanaticism that threatens the world today. At its core, Constantine's Sword is a compelling personal narrative - a kind of detective story - as one man uncovers the dark areas of his own past, searching for a better future.
Crimes Of Hate
A powerful new documentary video that takes a broad look at the rise of violent acts of bigotry in America today – acts of antisemitism, racism, and gay-bashing – and their devastating consequences. (30 min)
Der Ewige Jude (The Eternal Jew)
A visit to the Lodz ghetto in Nazi occupied Poland, recorded by German cameramen with the naive cooperation of the Jewish community, is combined with rare archival footage, clips from international newsreels, and excerpts from related cultural films to portray the World's Jews as swindlers and parasites. Note: It Is strongly recommended that viewers of this film be warned beforehand that it is a piece of deliberate Nazi propaganda designed to inculcate the most virulent and hateful manifestations of antisemitism. They should also be told that under coercion the Jews in the film are distastefully and cruelly exploited through the use of lighting and camera angles, let alone the powerlessness of their situation. (High School seniors and older.) B/W (62 min)
From Swastika to Jim Crow
Only months after Hitler seized power in 1933, Jewish intellectuals who had held prestigious positions in Germany's renowned universities were targeted for expulsion. Those who dared to oppose the edicts were met with brutal suppression. Often leaving with little more than the clothes on their backs, many of these scholars fled to America, hoping to continue their academic careers. They soon found themselves in a strange and mysterious country, a nation reeling from the Depression and ripe with anti-Semitic and anti-German sentiment. While the most famous refugees, like Albert Einstein, were welcomed into the hallowed halls of Eastern academia, most of these refugee scholars faced an academic world that was aloof, if not downright hostile. Much to their surprise, many of them were welcomed into a group of colleges that the vast majority of white American professors ignored - the historically all-Black colleges in the South. For the Black colleges - including Howard University, Hampton Institute, and Tougaloo and Talladega Colleges - the refugee professors provided the opportunity to add great talent to their faculty; for the professors, the arrangement provided a new home, a classroom of students eager to learn, and an insider's look at an America that few ever see. While most of these pairings between Jewish refugees and Black colleges began as marriages of convenience, very often they blossomed into love matches that lasted a lifetime.
The Hollywood Reporter called this 1947 film "the most spellbinding story every put on celluloid. " One of the first films to directly tackle racial prejudice, this acclaimed adaptation of Laura Z. Hobson's bestseller stars Gregory Peck as a journalist assigned to write a series of articles on antisemitism. Searching for angle, he finally decides to pose as a Jew – and soon discovers what it is like to be of victim of religious intolerance. Dorothy McGuire, John Garfield, John Stockwell and June Havoc also star in this post-World War II classic.(118 min)
Here Am I, Send Me: The Journey of Jonathan Daniels
"One of the most heroic Christian deeds of which I have heard in my entire ministry and career for civil rights was performed by Jonathan Daniels." - The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King In the spring of 1965, Jonathan Myrick Daniels, a 26-year-old student at an Episcopal seminary, became one of the many young Americans who answered the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s call to help register African-American voters in Alabama. By the following August, Daniels was dead, shot by a sheriff's deputy. His last act was pulling a young black woman out of the line of fire. Here Am I, Send Me: The Journey of Jonathan Daniels is an outstanding and inspiring documentary narrated by acclaimed actor Sam Waterston. Scripted largely in Daniels' own written words, it features stirring television footage and interviews with leaders from the civil rights era. 57 minutes
Heritage: Civilization and the Jews
The history of the Jews is a history of involvement: with Near Eastern and Classical civilization in the Biblical period, with Christendom and Islam in the Middle Ages, with the nations of all the earth in modern times. It is a history as old as civilization itself, and it is the history of the involvement of one people with civilization. The involvement was total, complex and reciprocal. It was total in the sense that the Jewish people never enjoyed the luxury of detachment: even when intermittently masters of in their own land, that land was the vortex of all surrounding lands and shared their fates. It was complex in the Jewish people, before and above any other people, experienced the tension of diaspora and homeland, a tension ever shifting but never resolved. It was reciprocal in that Judaism took, learned and borrowed from the civilizations of other peoples - but at the same time contributed in essential respects to civilization at all times and in many different places. The interaction of Jewish history and Western civilization successively assumed different forms. In the Biblical and Ancient periods, Israel was an integral part of the Near Eastern and classical world, which gave birth to Western civilization. It shared the traditions of ancient Mesopotamia and the rest of that world with regard to it's own beginning; it benefited from the decline of Egypt and the other great Near Eastern empires to emerge as a nation in it's own right; it asserted it's claim to the divinely promised Land of Israel and struggled to a precarious independence there for a thousand years until forced to yield to the greater power of Greece and Rome. In the Medieval era Jewish history took place on a larger stage, including all of Europe and the Mediterranean world. Fewer and fewer Jews were able to remain on the soil of the Holy Land itself. For more and more of them, it became the object of prayerful longing as they sought refuge in all the lands of the dispersion. Gradually the pious hope of a return to the true homeland gave way to the more practical desire to participate in the life of their new surroundings. But no matter how deeply the Jews became involved in the various lands of the dispersion, they faced the necessity of being uprooted again and again. They became the classical example of a diaspora population: confined or committed to intellectual or commercial pursuits; linked to their co-religionists in other lands through the bond of a common faith as interpreted by rabbinic authority; and an ever yearning to live, or at least to die, in the Holy Land. The contemporary pattern of Jewish life presents another model for it's interaction with civilization. Where previously that life had been concentrated successively in Israel and the diaspora, it is now balanced between the two. Israel is once again politically sovereign, and it commands a central position in Judaism, both culturally and emotionally. But equally significant centers of Jewish population and hence of Jewish cultural, religious, and political activity exist in the United State, the Soviet Union and other parts of the diaspora. World Jewry, as always, continues to gravitate towards the rising centers of world civilization and hence to play a part in the shaping of world events. At the same time it lives in a creative tension with Israel. The interdependence of diaspora Jewry with the Israel on the one hand and with world civilization on the other, characterizes the present scene and will no doubt influence yet other patterns, whatever the precise shape they may take in the future. Episodes: A People is Born 3800-586BCE The Power of the Word 586-72CE The Shaping of Traditions 30-732CE The Crucible of Europe 732-1492 Search for Deliverance 1492-1789 Roads from the Ghetto 1789-1925 The Golden Land 1654-1930s Out of the Ashes 1919-1947 Into the Future 1880-1990s
Homo Sapiens 1900: The Quest to Improve the Human Race
Eugenics, Racial Hygiene, Selective Breeding and Sterilization. Unearthing startling footage and long-hidden documents, HOMO SAPIENS 1900 is a stunning exploration of the history of eugenics, race hygiene and the quest to improve the human race. Beginning around 1900, eugenics movements in the United States, Germany and elsewhere spawned government sanctioned research projects, with the goal of improving the human species through biological means - including selective breeding, sterilizations, and weeding out 'degenerate' members of society. This film reveals the social and political undercurrents of the feverish quest to build a superior race, and exposes how "eugenic theory has been used to justify the most virulent racism in the name of science." (NY Times) 85 minutes (DVD only)
Jews and Christians: A Journey of Faith
This award winning two hour television documentary examines how contemporary Jews and Christians perceive each other, confront prejudice and stereotypes, how they can understand and respect one another despite their differences, and continue to work toward achieving mutual respect and understanding. The video is based on the book Our Father Abraham: The Jewish Roots of the Christian Faith by Marvin R. Wilson, Ph.D. and is produced by Auteur Productions with Connecticut Public Television, the presenting station to Public Television. It is a documentary that explores common beliefs, traditions and rituals shared by Judaism and Christianity. Winner of the Silver Angel Award 2001 for excellence in media. For use by churches, synagogues, universities, high schools, and libraries. 1:56
Jud Süß (Jew Süss) is a 1940 film produced by Terra Filmkunst on behalf of the Nazi regime and conceived as an antisemitic propaganda film. The screenplay was written by Veit Harlan, Wolfgang Eberhard Möller and Ludwig Metzger, and it is partially based on the 1925 historical novel Jud Süß by Lion Feuchtwanger as well as the 1827 novella by Wilhelm Hauff. Neither the film, nor the novel nor the novella correspond to the historic sources regarding Joseph Süß Oppenheimer as still accessible at the Landesarchiv Baden-Württemberg. The movie was directed by Veit Harlan. The movie played on basic Nazi stereotypes of Jews having hooked noses and being materialistic, immoral, cunning, untrustworthy and physically unattractive. With the exception of Marian-who shaved off his beard, cut his hair and wore "Christian" attire for most of the story-the actors playing male Jewish characters were made up to look unappealing and alien (non-German) to German audiences. The best example of this is Marian's co-star Werner Krauss who played the two other major Jewish characters, Rabbi Loew and his secretary Levy. There was also a scene that purported to show Jewish religious services. Jewish extras were "recruited" (coerced into performing) in Prague (the capital of the German occupied Bohemia-Moravia) and the scenes showing the entry of the Jews into Württemberg and worshipping in a synagogue were filmed there. VHS. For Cohen Center use only. This video does not circulate.
The Klan: A Legacy Of Hate In America
Narrated by James Whitmore. This award-winning documentary graphically exposes the activities of the KKK, an American organization now more than 120 years old. Touching briefly upon its origins and early history, the program focuses primarily on the Klan's efforts to undermine the gains made by Black Americans in the 1960s, and its mere recent campaigns of terror against Jews and Vietnamese fishers along the Texas coast. Features interviews with Louisiana legislator David Duke and a journalist who served an 18-month undercover assignment researching the Klan's activities. Grades 7 and up. Note: Due to racist content, students should be fully prepared before viewing this program. (30 min.)
The Longest Hatred
"They are the other. They are not us." Throughout time, words such as these have been used to justify and vilify. This stunning documentary takes an unsparing look at the ways such words have shaped the experience of Jewish people, from the first century to the present - a revealing history of antisemitism with roots long before the Holocaust and branches that continue to sprout in surprising places today. Part One, "From the Cross to the Swastika," traces an image that begins with the earliest writings of Christianity, which leveled the charge that Jews were responsible for Jesus' death. In this segment, historians show how demonizing dogma has affected Jews through the centuries - in Italy, Spain, England, and Germany - reaching its zenith with the development of Nazi ideology. Part Two, "Enemies of the People," shows how antisemitic sentiment has accompanied a growing nationalism in Europe in recent decades, causing a mass exodus of Jews from Russia and even resurfacing in Poland and Austria, where few Jews remain. In Germany, the remarkable collapse of the Berlin wall has been followed by the rise of neo-Nazism among German youth. Part Three, "Between Moses and Muhammed," takes a humanistic look at relations between Arabs and Israelis, once linked by pseudo-science under the degrading label "Semite" and now enmeshed in one of the world's most violent conflicts. Experts on both sides tell how Arabs and Jews, who for centuries lived in relative peace, have been drastically alienated by political turmoil - and how the anti-Jewish propaganda now disseminated in the Arab world is so eerily like that seen in Europe before World War II. Color, 150 minutes.
The Master Race
This program shows how and why the Nazi concept of racial superiority developed, and how and why the German nation was organized to achieve it. It focuses on the 1936 Olympic Games as grist for the German propaganda mill; organized, planned persecution as an element of government policy; political suppression and antisemitism; Mein Kampf as a blueprint; the Nuremberg Laws defining racial purity; Joseph Goebbels and the Big Lie; how German youth were educated to support the goals of the Nazi state. (JHS/MS+). B & W. (20 min.)
Memories of Kristallnacht
The sounds of broken glass, on the eve of November 9, 1938, will be forever etched in the collective memory. It was the night that the Nazis publicly and blatantly announced to the world that they had declared open war on the Jewish people. Through archival footage, photographs and first hand interviews with witnesses, this video forms a sharp portrait of the time and the events. 57 mins. VHS.
More than 30 years after World War II, deniers challenge Mel Mermelstein, a survivor of Auschwitz-Birkenau, to prove in a court of law that anyone was gassed at Auschwitz. Starring Leonard Nimoy, this stirring film, based on a true story, tells of one man's fight for justice. Mel Mermelstein (Leonard Nimoy) must convince a U.S. Court to take judicial notice of the Holocaust for the first time in U.S. judicial history. Mel accepts the challenge as his duty as a survivor of Auschwitz. (HS+). Color. (94 min.)
Not In Our Town
The inspiring story of the people of Billings, Montana, who took a stand against a series of hate crimes in their community. Together, they lived up to the American values of courage, tolerance, and cooperation when forces of disintegration threatened. (27 mins.)
Prejudice: Answering Children's Questions
Hosting an audience of young children as culturally diverse as our nation, Peter Jennings leads an investigation of prejudice – or what he terms as "the child of ignorance." Featuring a team of experts who conduct several enlightening experiments designed to help children better understand the roots of prejudice, the special presentation scrutinizes some of the influences that shape children's ideas about the world as well as examines stereotypes based on race, sex, religion and disability. Prejudice: Answering Children's Questions is not just for children, but for people of all ages. It provides answers to the question of whether we have to be the same to be equal. (75 min.)
Preserving The Past To Ensure The Future
A tour of Jerusalem's Yad Vashem, the memorial to the lives of those annihilated by the Nazis during World War II, forms the heart of this sensitive program focusing on the 1,500,000 children whose only "crime" was to have been born Jewish. Recent news footage of acts of hate from around the globe underscores the concluding question: Could such an atrocity happen again? (Grades 5 +). Color & B/W. (15 min.)
Fifty years ago, under the Nazi Regime, Jehovah's Witnesses were forced to wear a purple triangle and were thrown into concentration camps. Many were annihilated. Survivors of the Kusserow family tell of their harrowing experiences in the Third Reich. (Grades 9 and up.) Color. (25 min)
The Shadow Of Hate: A History Of Intolerance In America
Spanning three centuries, examines America's ongoing struggle to live up to its ideals of liberty, equality and justice for all. (40min)
Sister Rose's Passion
Nominated for an Academy Award for Best documentary, SISTER ROSE'S PASSION tells the inspirational story of a most unlikely activist and powerhouse who has made the battle against antisemitism her life's work. This poignant, must-see film chronicles the life story of Sister Rose Thering, a gutsy Dominican nun who had the courage, the toughness, and the passion to resist the status quo and push for what she believed was right. Sister Rose's work had a direct bearing on the historic Vatican II Council that reformed the Catholic Church's position on Jews and Judaism, and her spirit of resistance that shines throughout this documentary as she combines her energetic crusade amidst the swirl of controversy that surrounded Mel Gibson's blockbuster film, The Passion of the Christ. With SISTER ROSE'S PASSION, award-winning filmmaker Oren Jacoby has created an exceptional portrait revealing "how one person can change the world." (The New York Times), keenly capturing Sister Rose's determination and unprecedented sense of right and wrong. 88 mins, color.
On June 22, 1938, 70,000 fans crammed into Yankee stadium to watch what some observers have since called "the most important sporting event in history." Millions more tuned in to hear a blow-by-blow description on the radio. The rematch between the African American heavyweight Joe Lewis and his German opponent Max Schmeling was riveting - "one hundred and twenty--four seconds of murder," as one newspaper put it. But for most spectators the fight was much more than a boxing match; it was an historic event heightened with symbolic significance, both a harbinger of the civil rights movement and a prelude to World War II. In this first feature-length documentary about the momentous encounter, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE captures the anticipation the bout generated, the swirl of events leading up to it, the impact Louis's victory had on black America and its significance for Jews on both sides of the Atlantic. The surprise will be Schmeling's role in Hitler Germany and his true feelings towards Louis and the Holocaust. PBS Home Video. 90 minutes.
The Jewish Americans
THE JEWISH AMERICANS is a three-part PBS documentary that explores 350 years of Jewish American history. Written and directed by award-winning filmmaker David Grubin, THE JEWISH AMERICANS is a journey through time, from the first settlement in 1654 to the present. It is about the struggle of a tiny minority who make their way into the American mainstream while, at the same time, maintaining a sense of their own identity as Jews. Focusing on the tension between identity and assimilation, THE JEWISH AMERICANS is quintessentially an American story, which other minority groups will find surprisingly familiar. Narrated by actor Liev Schreiber, this landmark series features Jewish Americans who have made significant contributions to American life - from Louis D. Brandeis and Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Henry Morgenthau, Hank Greenberg, Betty Friedan, Molly Goldberg, Carl Reiner, Sid Caesar, and Tony Kushner. However this story is also about Jewish American tailors and shopkeepers, soldiers and bankers, peddlers and merchants, labor organizers and civil rights activists, all of whom also helped shape the American landscape. DVD. 6 hours.
Theologians Under Hitler
In the days after World War II, a convenient story was told of church leaders and ordinary Christians that defied the Nazis from the beginning. Recent research has uncovered a very different story. Rather then resisting, the greater part of the German church saw Hitler's rise in 1933 as an act of God's blessing, a new chapter in the story of God among the German people. This film, based upon ground-breaking research, introduces the viewer to three of the greatest Christian scholars of the 20th century: Paul Althaus, Emanuel Hirsch, and Gerhard Kittel, men who were also outspoken supporters of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party. In 1933 Althaus spoke of Hitler's rise as "a gift and miracle of God." Hirsch saw 1933 as a "sunrise of divine goodness." And Kittel, the editor of the standard reference work on the Jewish Background of the New Testament, began working for the Nazis to find a "moral" rationale for the destruction of European Jewry. This provocative film asks: how could something like this happen in the heart of Christian Europe? Could it happen again? How does the scholarship of this period affect the church today? Does the church of today retain the ability to recognize profound evil? DVD only. 64 minutes.
Thirty-Four Years After Hitler
This CBS 60 Minutes report documents the resurgence of Nazism in West Germany today, where 80 to 90 groups preach Hitler's antisemitism and word toward the day when they can take control of the government. Included are sequences showing their activities. Propaganda material is traced to a neo-Nazi organization operating out of Lincoln, Nebraska, revealed as a conduit for funds from supporters around the world. (JHS/MS+). Color. (19 min.)
Walking God's Paths: Christians and Jews in Candid Conversation
Walking God's Paths is a six-session process to stimulate candid conversation between Jewish and Christian congregations. Produced by the Center for Christian-Jewish Learning on behalf of the National Council of Synagogues and the Bishops' Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the series consists of 15-minute discussion-starting videotapes and a detailed online User's Guide containing dialogue questions and resources. Participants will experience each tradition's understanding of how it walks God's path and how the two faith communities could relate to one another in positive ways. 1. A New Future: Building Shalom between Catholics and Jews Offers an overview of the past, present, and future of Christian-Jewish relations. Introduces participants to the dynamics of interfaith dialogue and the different perspectives Christians and Jews bring to the conversation. 2. Shared Origins, Diverse Roads Explores the Late Second Temple period that gave birth to Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism. Participants will see how the centrality of the Torah for Jews and of Jesus Christ for Christians was significantly intensified by the destruction of the Temple by the Romans. 3. Common Texts, Different Scriptures Examines how the Bible both unites and divides Jews and Christians. Although Christianity and Judaism share many of the same scriptural books, they are arranged differently and read through different traditions of interpretation. Participants will experience this diversity by reading common texts together. 3. Common Texts, Different Scriptures Examines how the Bible both unites and divides Jews and Christians. Although Christianity and Judaism share many of the same scriptural books, they are arranged differently and read through different traditions of interpretation. Participants will experience this diversity by reading common texts together. 4. Season of Freedom, Season of Rebirth In the springtime, both Christians and Jews celebrate the saving power of God. Participants will experience how the related feasts of Passover and Easter ritually re-enact defining foundational events for both religious traditions. 4. Season of Freedom, Season of Rebirth In the springtime, both Christians and Jews celebrate the saving power of God. Participants will experience how the related feasts of Passover and Easter ritually re-enact defining foundational events for both religious traditions. 5. Metaphors for a Unique Relationship Presents different ways of picturing the relationship between Judaism and Christianity. Participants will compare various images and examine how best they could impact the way Christians and Jews educate about each other. 6. Mending Relationships, Mending the World Old stereotypes and misconceptions still hamper Jewish and Christian rapprochement. While engaged in dialogue to overcome these problems, Christians and Jews are increasingly aware that both traditions understand themselves to have been given a mission to the world. Participants will explore the significance for the rest of humanity of Jewish and Christian reconciliation. DVD only.
In trying to understand the horrendous events we now call the "Holocaust", the quick and easy answer has always been to blame Hilter and the Nazis. But any serious analysis of what happened must go beyond this simplistic approach. How could any moral, God fearing nation have allowed this to happen? The sad fact is that the citizens of Germany, and most other european nations, were poisoned with deep rooted antisemitism and bigotry, products of hundreds of years of false teachings and hatred by the Catholic church. We cannot just lay the blame on Hitler. the christians of europe permitted these atrocities to occur - in fact, some Catholic collaborators were active participants in the killing of Jews in Poland and the Ukraine. Even after Nazi atrocities, the Vatican, under Pope Pius XII, issued passports and priestly garb that allowed these criminals to escape to Argentina. Even the Swiss Red Cross, supposedly a bastion of neutrality and civility, issued papers that helped the murderous Germans escape. So the question "Why us?" is not a rhetorical cry of misery by the Jewish people. Instead, it is a question that must be answered by every human being. Bigotry and prejudice are not inborn traits...they are learned - from parents, grandparents, teachers, and religious leaders. When religious groups fail to teach and practice tolerance - of other races, cultures, and beliefs - they have lost both morality and humanity. Until the human race learns tolerance for the beliefs and rights of others, we will not have learned the horrific lessons of the Holocaust.
Will Extremists Destroy The Dream?
Six distinguished panelists who affirm the value of multicultural education focus on the dangers posed by extremists like Professor Lionel Jeffries, who use Afro-centrism and other variants of multiculturalism to disseminate racial, ethnic, and religious bigotry. This video is a resource for building bridges between groups who have been polarized by demagogues. (47 min.)