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Mercer County Holocaust Center to Host Education Workshop


WEST WINDSOR – The descendant of a Holocaust survivor will offer a professional development workshop on using the documentary film “Only a Number” in Holocaust curriculum at the Mercer County Holocaust-Genocide Resource Center at 4:30 p.m. on March 7.

The center is located on the West Windsor campus of Mercer County Community College (MCCC), 1200 Old Trenton Road, on the second floor of the Library Building.

Josh Besserman, a graduate of Rider University’s School Counseling program and coordinator of the 21st Century Program for Pemberton Township Schools presents the workshop, which focuses on how the award-winning documentary can be integrated into middle and high school curriculum. The workshop is geared toward middle and high school educators with an interest in reinvigorating their Holocaust curriculum with new materials from New Jersey multi-generation survivors.

“Only a Number” follows Josh’s father, Steve Besserman, as he traces his mother’s journey of survival through the Holocaust. Josh Besserman will show parts of the film as he discusses the use of the study guide.

The workshop is free and open to the public, with two hours of professional development credit available for educators. To register, visit http://education.state.nj.us/events/. More information about the film is available at www.onlyanumber.net.

To learn more about the new Student Literary Writing Contest sponsored by the Besserman family and the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education, visit www.state.nj.us/education/holocaust/stawards.

For more information on the workshop or the Mercer County Holocaust-Genocide Resource Center, email mcholgen@gmail.com.

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