2019 Holocaust Workshop

March 21–22, 2019

This workshop is designed for middle and high school teachers who want to learn more about teaching the lessons of the Holocaust in their schools, featuring national and local Holocaust scholars.

Workshop Presenters

Magda Brown

Keynote Speaker
Magda Brown, Holocaust Survivor
Thursday, March 21, 2019
7 p.m. - Fine Arts Center Main Theatre

Magda Brown was born June 11, 1927, in Miskolc, Hungary. On June 11, 1944 — Magda’s 17th birthday — she and her family were crowded onto a railroad box car with 80 other people. Each transport held thousands of people, including children and the elderly. They traveled for three days without food, water, or any idea where they were being sent. The final destination was the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland. After arriving, Magda was separated from her mother, father, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. It was the last time she saw them — they were sent directly into the gas chambers.  For more information regarding Magda, please visit her website.

Timothy Boyce

Timothy Boyce practiced law for many years, most recently serving as the Managing Partner of the Charlotte, NC office of Dechert LLP, a global law firm with 29 offices in 13 countries. He holds an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of Finance, and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He received a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.  Tim, who currently lives in Tryon, NC with his wife Tara, two horses, two dogs, two cats, and almost 5,000 books, retired in 2014 to devote full time to writing.


Darryle Clott

Darryle Clott earned a bachelor’s degree in 1966 and a master’s in 1971 from The University of WI—La Crosse.  She retired from La Crescent (MN) High School in 2004 where she taught a comprehensive unit on the Holocaust for several years in her English classes.  The classes inspired her to attend the Teachers’ Summer Institute on Holocaust and Jewish Studies and Jewish Resistance in Poland and Israel in 2001, and she is currently on their Alumni Advisory Board.  As her interest in the Holocaust grew, Clott became a member of the American Friends of the Jewish Fighters Museum Consortium of Holocaust Educators and is the founder of the Midwest Holocaust Education Consortium.  She is a Teacher Fellow at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C

Darryle leads Holocaust Educator Workshops and is an associate of the Ethics in Leadership Institute at Viterbo University.  She is a member of the Chancellor’s Community Council at the University of WI—La Crosse.  She is instrumental in bringing Holocaust survivors to the La Crosse community at Viterbo University including Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel, Presidential Medal of Honor winner Gerda Weissmann Klein, and Otto Frank’s step-daughter Eva Schloss.

Darryle was a participant in the 2006 Educators’ Seminar of the Educational Program on Yiddish Culture at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York City.  She is on the Editorial Board of Yeshiva University’s PRISM: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Holocaust Educators.  Darryle was honored with the Gregory P. Wegner Holocaust Education Award at the Congregation Sons of Abraham Synagogue in 2008 and 2014 and is the Graff Distinguished Alumnus Award winner for 2008 at the University of WI—La Crosse.  In 2009 Darryle was chosen to be part of a League of Women Voters project, “The Road She Traveled”, for local women who have had a significant impact on their community.  

Darryle is the 2009 La Crosse Toastmasters’ Communication and Leadership award winner.  In October 2010, she was one of ten American Holocaust educators chosen to travel to Poland to study Holocaust pedagogy with Polish Holocaust educators in a program sponsored by the Polish Embassy in Washington D.C.  The La Crosse area YWCA Tribute to Outstanding Women Trailblazer Award was presented to Darryle in November 2010.  In May 2011 Darryle was given the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.  The medals are presented on Ellis Island to American citizens of diverse origins for their outstanding contributions to their communities, their nation and the world. 

In April 2014 Darryle was honored by Fort McCoy with the Patriotic Civilian Service Award in appreciation for exceptional support to the Fort McCoy community of soldiers and civilians.

Darryle received the Pope John XXIII Award for Distinguished Service from Viterbo University in May 2017.   The award, the highest non-academic award conferred by Viterbo, is given to those who have distinguished themselves through outstanding leadership and through service to higher education, to community and to humankind.  In January 2018, Darryle received the Iverson Freking Ecumenical Recognition Award which recognizes the dedication of people to ecumenical endeavors and who reflect a positive commitment to Coulee Region communities.

Stephen Feinberg

Stephen Feinberg had the honor of working at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) in Washington, DC from 1996 to 2011. From 1996 to 2000, he was the individual responsible for the development and implementation of the Museum Teacher Fellowship Program. As Director of the National Outreach program at the USHMM from 2000 to 2009, he was responsible for the creation, design, and implementation of the Museum’s entire national educational outreach program. He was the Special Assistant for Education Programs in the National Institute for Holocaust Education (NIHE) at the USHMM from 2009 to 2011. In this capacity, he coordinated NIHE’s International Educational activities as well as directing the USHMM’s teacher education programs in California, Florida, Texas, and Illinois.

He was a member of the United States delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) from 1999 to 2011, working extensively with the IHRA Education Working Group. In addition to conducting teacher training programs across the United States, he has also coordinated or participated in programs in Europe, South America, Africa, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand.

He joined the USHMM’s staff in Washington in 1996, but had been an educational consultant for the Museum since 1990. He is the co-editor, with Dr. Samuel Totten, of Essentials of Holocaust Education(Routledge, 2016) and Teaching and Studying The Holocaust (Allyn & Bacon, 2000).

Prior to his work at the Museum, he was a Social Studies teacher in public and private schools in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Paris, France. He also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco (1968-1970) and Thailand (1974-1975). Mr. Feinberg received his bachelors’ degree in history from UCLA and his masters’ degree from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education.

Dana Humphrey

Dana Humphrey has 32 years of educational experience as a middle school English teacher, department chair, district curriculum coordinator and professional development presenter. She currently serves as the ELA Consultant for the St. Louis Regional Professional Development Center. She has presented numerous workshops at the local, state and national level and has written and co-authored articles and chapters in books on effective instructional pedagogy.  

Dana is a 2000 Museum Teacher Fellow from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and a member of two Holocaust Education Consortiums. She serves on the St. Louis Holocaust Museum and Learning Center Council and is a teacher educator at the Museum. She has presented for the USHMM Belfer Conference, the National Council of Teachers of English, the St. Louis Holocaust Museum, and the Missouri Holocaust Institute. Dana is also a gubernatorial appointee to the Missouri Holocaust Education and Awareness Commission.

Rabbi Simcha Prombaum

Chicago native Rabbi Saul (Simcha) Prombaum, has served as spiritual leader of Congregation Sons of Abraham in La Crosse since 1982. He attended UW-Madison and received undergraduate degrees in Hebrew and History, and a masters degree in business. In 1989, he received a formal rabbinical ordination from a Chicago rabbi with whom he studied for many years. Saul worked for many years in advertising, marketing and public relations, garnering local, regional, national and international awards for his creative writing. As assistant, technical editor and researcher, Saul's contributions are cited in On the Road with Rabbi Steinsaltz: 25 Years of Pre-Dawn Car Trips, Mind-Blowing Encounters, and Inspiring Conversations with a Man of Wisdom (Jossey-Bass), Kabbalah for Dummies and Torah for Dummies (Wiley). He was also instrumental in the publication of The Halakhah of Jesus of Nazareth According to the Gospel of Matthew by Rabbi Phillip Sigal by the Society of Biblical Literature. Saul is a guest speaker on diverse topics related to Judaism and the Jewish people throughout the Coulee Region. He has taught college-level Modern and Biblical Hebrew courses at UW-La Crosse and at Viterbo University. In January, 2007 Rabbi Prombaum received an Iverson-Freking Ecumenical Award from the Bethany-St. Joseph Corporation. Saul and his wife Keren have four children and two grandchildren.

Bill Younglove

Bill Younglove, double M.A., with an Ed.D. from UCLA, instructs in the Teacher Education Program at California State University Long Beach. From 1963-2001, he taught, largely English, in secondary schools in Michigan and California. Trained as a Belfer and Mandel Fellow at the USHMM, he is also a graduate of Yad Vashem Summer Seminars in Israel and Advanced Seminar in Poland and Lithuania. In July 2009, he matriculated at the Berlin Summer Academy, plus study in Latvia and Belarus. He was named a 2009 Affiliate National Council of Teachers of English/SLATE Intellectual Freedom Award recipient for his work in Holocaust studies. In 2011, he took part in a European Contemporary History Tour with Cor Suijk.

A member of AHO, Younglove also serves on the Editorial Board of Yeshiva University's PRISM: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Holocaust Educators. His article, “Children’s Holocaust Literature,” appeared in the 2007 edition of the Encyclopaedia Judaica, Second Edition. Other publications include The Call of Memory: Learning About the Holocaust Through Narrative: An Anthology, Associate Editor, and A Teacher's Guide (2008) and, in 2017, chapters on the Historiography and Pedagogy of Anne Frank’s writings, in Critical Insights: The Diary of a Young Girl. Numerous articles about Holocaust and curricular pedagogy have also appeared in California English.

Optional Graduate Credit

For those interested in the one-credit graduate option, tuition is an additional $110. The total cost including the workshop registration fee is $185.00. Fill out the course registration and bring a check payable to "Viterbo University" on Thursday, March 21, 2019.

Comments from Past Presenters

"My observation of, and participation in, such a forum as the Holocaust Educators' Workshop at Viterbo University is a major learning event for me. To be exposed to Holocaust scholars working in this field and survivors who bring an immediacy to the subject is key. The workshop is superbly organized, with time for both concentration and reflection. The annual topics themselves are timely, reflecting the changing nature of Holocaust studies. Area teachers are no doubt the chief beneficiaries, but the community at large should consider itself fortunate to have such an ongoing program in its midst."
Bill Younglove, Instructor/Teacher Supervisor, California State University Long Beach

"Over the past 20 years, I had the privilege of speaking in 12 states at some 200 venues, middle and high schools, universities, teacher seminars, churches and synagogues with audiences ranging from a dozen to just short of 200. But none of my speaking engagements compares with my experience at Viterbo University in La Crosse. Never before did I receive as much local media coverage as I did in La Crosse: phone interviews, live and prerecorded TV interviews and press coverage. A great credit to your PR savvy especially so because Holocaust messages often are a hard sell. Viterbo University's commitment to the moral and ethical significance of the topic had its pay-off that Friday evening when the auditorium was filled to near capacity with some 850 citizens curious to hear me speak of my Holocaust experience and the vital role played by rescuers. Mrs. Darryle Clott's leadership and commitment to the Holocaust Teachers' Workshop held annually at Viterbo University is unique in my experience and was evident wherever I looked. Viterbo University was an unknown entity to me prior to my visit to La Crosse. It no longer is and will never be forgotten.

Thank you so very much for having invited me to be part of the Holocaust Educators' Workshop."
—Peter Feigl, Holocaust Survivor