LEARNING FROM HISTORY: In September, as part of the Any Given Child Tulsa program, eighth grade students from Edison Preparatory School visited the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art. In addition to its Kaiser Holocaust Exhibition, the museum is currently hosting “BESA: Albanian Muslim Rescuers During the Holocaust.”
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As part of the Any Given Child Tulsa program, eighth grade students from Edison Preparatory School visited the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art in September.
Eighth graders from across the district will tour the museum through March 2017.
In addition to the Kaiser Holocaust Exhibition, the museum is currently hosting an exhibition entitled “BESA: Albanian Muslim Rescuers During the Holocaust” from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Museum in New York.
Besa is a code of honor deeply rooted in Albanian culture and incorporated in the faith of Albanian Muslims. It dictates a moral behavior so absolute that non-adherence brings shame and dishonor on oneself and one’s family. This exhibition, featuring the photographs of Norman Gershman, showcases Muslims in Albania and Kosovo who sheltered, at grave risk to themselves and their families, not only the Jews of their cities and villages but thousands of Jews fleeing the Nazis from other European countries.
In preparation for the tours, the museum has worked closely with the Council for Holocaust Education and Tulsa Public Schools educators to develop integrated classroom curriculum.
Holocaust education is a primary mission of the Miller Museum, with thousands of students and educators touring the facility every year. The Holocaust Education Center at the Miller Museum was dedicated in April 1995, 50 years after the liberation of Dachau by members of the Oklahoma 45th Infantry Division.
The Any Given Child program provides live arts experiences and arts integrated classroom curriculum to Tulsa Public Schools students from kindergarten to eighth grade.
Tulsa is one of 20 cities across the nation now participating in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Any Given Child program, in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, the City of Tulsa, and the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, along with 13 partner arts organizations in Tulsa.
To learn more about Any Given Child Tulsa, visit anygivenchildtulsa.com.