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 Herzberger

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

Magda Mozes Herzberger was born on February 20, 1926, in Cluj, Romania. The Mozes family, along with thousands of other Jews, was forced into the Cluj Ghetto which was liquidated only a month later. Magda and her family were sent to Auschwitz, where most of them perished.

In 1957, after nine years in Israel, the Herzbergers immigrated to the U.S. They and their two children settled in Monroe, Wisconsin, where Magda's husband practiced medicine for 20 years. The Herzbergers moved to Dubuque, Iowa, in 1976 and to Arizona in 1994.

Magda has spoken extensively about her experiences. She has published two memoirs--Eyewitness to Holocaust and Survival--and several volumes of poetry and fiction.

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.

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.

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