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


The South Carolina Council on the Holocaust Teacher Advisory Committee (TAC) consists of teachers, professors, educators, and retirees who are committed to the idea that the Holocaust must be taught and that teachers must be trained to teach it.

The committee was formed in 1997 by a group of teachers and Dr. Selden K. Smith. After a series of meetings, a yearly workshop, to be held in the center of the state, Columbia, was deemed the best way to reach teachers all over the state.

The theme of the workshop is different each year; however, the TAC seeks to have a survivor or child of survivors as a keynote speaker. Previous speakers included: Marion Blumenthal Lazan, author of Four Perfect Pebbles, Eva Mozes Kor, who spoke on forgiving the Nazis, Morris Glass, who spoke of life in the ghettos and camps, and Joey Korn, who spoke of his father’s life during and after the war. In addition to the keynote speaker, the workshop offers presentations that give teachers specific lesson plans and concrete suggestions on how to teach the Holocaust. The teachers who attend are given website information, copies of plans and visuals, and specific sources to help them plan their own lessons. They are also given time to network with educators from grades one to college level from all over the state.

The workshop is held every October at Columbia College and schools are sent the information every summer and fall.

The committee is always looking for new people, new ideas, and new programs. If you would like to join or would like more information on the workshop, please contact Emily Taylor at