Dr. Karen Shawn

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Karen Shawn, Ph.D., is Visiting Associate Professor of Jewish Education at the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration of Yeshiva University, Senior Fellow of Azrieli’s Institute for University-School Partnership, and co-editor of PRISM: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Holocaust Educators, a publication of Yeshiva University. A former public school English teacher, she was the middle school assistant principal for secular studies at the Moriah School. She taught for a decade at the Yad Vashem Summer Institute for Educators from Abroad and served at the same time as the educational consultant for the American Friends of the Ghetto Fighters’ Museum. The founder of the Holocaust Educators’ Consortium, an international, interreligious Community of Practice, she has lectured and written extensively on Holocaust education. The author of the widely-used text The End of Innocence: Anne Frank and the Holocaust (1992, NY; ADL), her most recent edited volumes are an anthology of Holocaust narratives and an accompanying teacher’s guide entitled The Call of Memory: Learning about the Holocaust Through Narrative (Shawn & Goldfrad, 2008, Teaneck, NJ: Ben Yehuda Press).

Sample Titles

  • The Call of Memory: Teaching About the Holocaust Through Narrative
  • Stories of Jewish Heroism During the Holocaust
  • The Holocaust and Heroism: True Stories of Jewish Defense and Defiance
  • Beyond Candles: Commemorating the Holocaust Through Education
  • What Makes a ‘Good Film’ Good?
  • Teaching About the Holocaust Through Literature and Film
  • The Sequential Holocaust Curriculum

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