Decades after World War II, societies continue to wrestle with both the memory and historical record of the Holocaust in the midst of contemporary challenges. The Greensboro Jewish Federation believes teaching and learning about the Holocaust inspires critical thinking, societal awareness, and personal growth.


Holocaust education helps develops an awareness not only of how hate and violence can take hold but also of the power of resistance, resilience and solidarity. Holocaust studies provide a lens through which current students will better understand the world in which they live and effectively recognize, and challenge the dangers of discrimination.

Elon Student Awarded Holocaust Studies Scholarship

Kelly Swaim ’17, recipient of the Miriam and Abe Brenner Holocaust Education Scholarship, traveled to Europe during Winter Term 2015 as part of Elon’s "Holocaust Journey" study abroad course.



The Miriam and Abe Brenner Holocaust Education Scholarship Fund of the Greensboro Jewish Federation offers financial support for non-Jewish Junior and Senior undergraduate students, graduate students and teachers to study the Holocaust in Europe. Miriam and Abe created the Holocaust Education Scholarship Fund of the Greensboro Jewish Federation to foster greater understanding by non-Jewish students and teachers of Jewish issues.


For the first year of the fund’s existence, the Greensboro Jewish Federation partnered with Appalachian State University’s Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies and offered five students the Brenner Holocaust Education Scholarship to help offset the expenses of a study abroad summer course that focused on the Holocaust. Throughout the 26-day course, students visited Germany, France and Austria and toured sites related to the historic tragedy.


Criteria for Applicants:

  • Preference will be given to non-Jewish applicants.

  • Applicants must be teachers, Junior or Senior undergraduate students, or graduate students.

  • The applicant or his/her immediate family must be residents of North Carolina. Preference will be given to residents of Guilford and Forsyth Counties.

  • Applicants should be prepared to demonstrate a need for financial assistance with expenses of the program, as well as show an active interest and participation in social justice issues.

  • Serious, academically mature students who are majoring in education, history, international studies or a like field, will be given priority. 




If you are you interested in applying for the Brenner Holocaust Education Scholarship, please download and complete the application. For more information, email The Greensboro Jewish Federation or call the Federation's Outreach and Engagement Manager at (336) 852-5433 x243.


Holocaust Education Scholarship Fund for North Carolina Educators


The purpose of this Scholarship Fund is to provide opportunities for College, High School and Middle School educators based in North Carolina to increase their understanding of the Holocaust and provide them with the skills, knowledge and confidence necessary to teach the subject and its lessons effectively.


Funding Qualification Checklist: The following criteria for scholarship, in order of importance, will be considered along with other factors.


  • Applicant must be employed as an educator by a public or private college, high school or middle school located in North Carolina.

  • Preference will be given to applicants who have financial need and are from rural counties.

  • Applicant must have at least five years of teaching experience and be at least five years from retirement.

  • Applicant must attend a Holocaust program designed for educators.

  • To enhance the impact of the Holocaust program, each scholarship recipient is required to report to the scholarship committee and conduct a presentation/seminar to other educators about the Holocaust program as well as committing to teaching the subject and its lessons to students.


To apply for the MARK W. LANCBERG Holocaust Education Scholarship Fund for North Carolina Educators, please click here to download and complete the application. The completed application is due by October 1. For more information, email The Greensboro Jewish Federation or call the Federation's Outreach and Engagement Manager at (336) 852-5433 x243.


Holocaust Education Scholarship Fund for North Carolina Educators


Mark Lancberg (born Meir Zev Lancberg) was born in Radom, Poland on February 19, 1923. He was the youngest of three children, two girls and a boy. His older sisters were both married and between them had three children of their own.


In 1939, the Jews of Radom were sent to live in one of two ghettos set up in the city. In the middle of 1942, the Nazis came to the ghetto and rounded up one person from each apartment; Mark’s father was selected. Later that year, the ghetto was liquidated and the women and men separated.


Eventually, Mark was sent off to Vaihingen concentration camp, then later Dachau and Mittenwald, from which he was eventually liberated by US Soldiers. One of those soldiers became his sponsor and enabled him to come to the US. Mark was the only member of his family to survive the Holocaust.


In 1957 Mark married and later had two daughters, who each had two children. He died in 1992 at age 69.



The Holocaust and Jewish Resistance Teachers' Program has been in existence for more than 30 years. Over 1000 teachers representing every state in the United States have participated in this amazing experience that brings teachers to the authentic sites of the Holocaust in Europe. These teachers study the Holocaust from a different perspective, one that emphasizes spiritual resistance, the strength of the human spirit under adverse circumstances, and the ability of a people to retain their identities under the direst of circumstances.  As a result, their teaching and the education they provide to the students in their classrooms, is changed forever.


The Holocaust & Jewish Resistance Teacher’s Program invites U.S. secondary school teachers to deepen their knowledge of the Holocaust by providing an intensive three week summer learning and living experience in Washington, D.C., Poland, Germany and the Czech Republic.  The program aims to:


  • Advance education in U.S. secondary schools about the Holocaust and Jewish Resistance

  • Teach each new generation about the Holocaust and Jewish resistance, so that they will know, understand, and never forget

  • Further educational activities which use the lessons of the past as warnings for the present and the future.


For more information, email The Greensboro Jewish Federation or call the Federation's Outreach and Engagement Manager at (336) 852-5433 x243.


The North Carolina Council on the Holocaust provides workshops and educational resources across NC for classrooms, libraries, and communities.

Traveling Exhibits on the Holocaust

The Council sponsors traveling exhibits for use at no charge in public libraries and in middle and high schools across the state. Exhibits include:
• Photos, personal testimony, and historical background.
• Political cartoons against fascism, anti-Semitism, and bigotry.
• Women in the Holocaust: their resistance in the ghettos, camps, forests, and rescue operations.
• Children's Diaries of the Holocaust.
To schedule an exhibit, click here to contact the Exhibit Coordinator in your region.

Teacher's Guide to the Holocaust

The NC Council on the Holocaust is pleased to present The Holocaust: A North Carolina Teacher’s Resource, which features the narratives of 21 Holocaust survivors who became North Carolina residents. Each chapter presents a historical overview, survivor narratives, and a lesson based on the narratives. Online resources are recommended throughout the guide, which also contains a section of Supplemental Materials. The full guide can be downloaded here.

Workshops for Teaching the Holocaust

The NC Council on the Holocaust hosts workshops across NC to provide teachers training and resources for teaching the Holocaust in their classrooms. Teachers gain valuable resources for immediate use in the classroom, and hear from a Holocaust survivor. Join us in learning about the warning signs of the past – so we can positively impact our future. Click here to to see the schedule, register for a workshop, and learn more.



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