South Carolina Council on the Holocaust

“The work that the SC Council on the Holocaust does is so important for our students in South Carolina. Having a chance to discuss and reflect on the past gives students the tools to be better citizens for our future.”

--Molly Spearman, State Superintendent of Education


Teachers in all levels and subjects are invited to join us for our summer course

"Civic Awareness and Choosing to Participate:
Lessons From the Holocaust That Are Relevant Today"

July 16-18, 2018

This course combines online preparation modules in Holocaust history and human behavior with 2.5 days of classroom instruction on the campus of Columbia College (July 16-18, 2018). The sessions are led by Dr Mary Johnson from Facing History and Ourselves, Dr Tracy West, Professor of Education, Columbia College, and Dr. Robin Rosenthal, Provost, Columbia College.

Registration for the 2018 summer course has now passed. We hope you will consider joining us in 2019 for our new training program.

Taught by:

Dr. Mary Johnson, Facing History And Ourselves
Dr. Tracy West, Columbia College
Dr. Robin Resenthal, Columbia College
Three graduate hours (Educ. 728)
Paid by South Carolina Council on the Holocaust
Room and Board:
Provided by South Carolina Council on the Holocaust for any teachers who wish to live on campus during the course. Lunches and evening meal programs will be covered for day students. No travel stipends will be provided.
Registration and Materials fee:
$125.00 due to Columbia College upon acceptance of the application.
Graduate credit is offered to both men and women.

The course is supported by the Council. It includes the opportunity to meet local survivors, liberators, and their families as part of the summer program.


This course fills an important need. The Holocaust and all its history, politics, sociology an psychology
 will puzzle all of us for a long time to come. Courses such as this will prepare teachers and young people
 to better face the future and perhaps solve little problems before they become big ones.”

 ~Dr. Peter Baumgarten, Kindertransport Survivor and chemist, June 26, 1999.

Dr. Peter Baumgarten (of blessed memory) was a German Jew who fled the Nazi menace as a young boy in the Kindertransport to England. This survivor of World War II moved to Aiken, SC as a chemist. His widow, Doris, still lives in Aiken. Several times Peter came to Columbia College to share his experience with teachers and students. Teachers who are examining their motivations for enrolling in the July workshop may wish to consider Peter’s observation made on the July workshop in a letter dated June 6, 1999.