Jewish Studies Professor Kitty Millet is one of three Bay Area educators to win the 2018 Morris Weiss Award from the Jewish Family and Children’s Services Holocaust Center.
The annual award celebrates the significant role of teachers in Holocaust education. It honors teachers who seek educational development that will help them include lessons of the Holocaust and patterns of genocide in their classrooms. Weiss was a founder of the JFCS Holocaust Center. A Holocaust survivor who testified at Nazi war crimes trials, he was dedicated to fighting discrimination and anti-Semitism.
The award comes with $1,000 for professional development and a $1,500 grant to winners’ schools to be spent on resources, events or other programs related to Holocaust education.
Millet teaches courses in Holocaust and genocide, Jewish literatures of the Americas and Kabbalah and Jewish mysticism. Her most recent book is The Victims of Slavery, Colonization and the Holocaust: A Comparative History of Persecution (A Modern History of Politics and Violence) (Bloomsbury Academic, 2017). The book compares and contrasts the Holocaust with the experiences of others who have been colonized or enslaved, providing enriching connections to victims’ experiences. Millet joined SF State in 2004.
This year’s other Morris Weiss Award winners are Jennifer Banaszek of Thurgood Marshall High School and Jenna Goodman of the French American International School. They accepted their awards April 11 during the 40th annual Yom Hashoah service by Congregation Emanu-El at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco.
— Matt Itelson
Video by Hannah Anderson
- Morris Weiss Award for Outstanding Educators
- The Victims of Slavery, Colonization and the Holocaust: A Comparative History of Persecution (A Modern History of Politics and Violence)
- Kitty Millet
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