Slavic and Eurasian Studies

Teaching with Defiance: Jewish Resistance and the Bielski Partisans

A Hands-On Educator Institute

Fri, March 26, 2010 | UT Campus

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Teaching with Defiance: Jewish Resistance and the Bielski Partisans

A Hands-On Educator Institute
on Teaching with the Film  
Friday, March 26, 2010
9am to 4pm

Most people know of the vast human tragedy that was the overwhelming fact of WWII and the Holocaust.  But fewer know the stories of the Jewish partisans who escaped the horror to fight back; ordinary people who fled into the woods to become warriors against the Nazis. Faced with incredible hardships and opposition even from their own compatriots, these courageous men and women risked life and limb to conduct sabotage missions and save as many Jews as possible.
CREEES, along with the Center for European Studies, the Schusterman Center,  and the Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation, is offering a one-day workshop for 6th – 12th grade teachers. The workshop will be facilitated by Brendon Rennert, Tuvia Bielski's grandson and JPEF trainer. Historical background/context on World War II and the Holocaust will be provided by a University of Texas professor.

Each participant will receive:
Defiance DVD with Excerpts
The feature film, director's comments, 5 primary source interviews with Bielski partisans, and special made-for-classroom DVD with 16 excerpts from key scenes to use in the classroom
Defiance / Bielski Partisans Curriculum
New teacher's guide to DVD and excerpts, plus additional JPEF educational materials created with Bielski biographer Peter Duffy and Defiance screenwriter Clayton Frohman
Nine Jewish Partisans Documentaries
Produced by the Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation - includes two new films

The workshop will be held on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. Registration includes all materials, parking, lunch, and snacks.  Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Please return the registration form by fax by March 9, 2010.
Interested educators should contact:
Allegra Azulay, CREEES Outreach Coordinator,
At 512-471-7782 or

Sponsored by: Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, Center for European Studies, Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies and Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation

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