A LIVING CLASSROOM

21st Century Education

The Horwitz-Wasserman Holocaust Memorial Plaza is a living classroom. It helps visitors reflect on atrocities of the past and prompts them to resist prejudice and hatred in the present.

The Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance Foundation has partnered with the USC Shoah Foundation to bring educational content and technology to the Memorial Plaza through a free, pioneering mobile app called IWalk. IWalk guides visitors through the Memorial Plaza using personal testimonials from Holocaust survivors and witnesses. As visitors approach specific features of the Memorial Plaza, IWalk presents content specific to these features and customizes it to each visitor’s age, language preference, and learning objectives.

Prepare for your visit by downloading the USC Shoah Foundation IWalk app on your mobile device for a curated tour of the Memorial Plaza:

For Apple devices

For Android devices

 

Interactive Holocaust Testimonials

As time diminishes the voices of the last living survivors, it is imperative that we find innovative solutions to educate about the Holocaust. IWalk’s content has been developed specifically for the Memorial Plaza, where visitors can use the app to view video testimonials from Holocaust survivors and witnesses drawn from the USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive, which has over 54,000 eyewitness accounts of the Holocaust.

 

Personalized Content

IWalk personalizes its content for each visitor, based upon their native language, place of origin, and other customizable information, to create a unique guided tour experience. IWalk includes multiple learning modules with different content for general visitors and students of different grade levels.  It establishes personal connections between the park’s visitors and Holocaust survivors through place, language, and culture, thereby encouraging people to think critically and empathetically about their beliefs and actions in the present.

 

TEACHER OUTREACH AND TRAINING

To help educators use this new teaching resource, PHRF and USC Shoah Foundation have partnered with ADL Philadelphia to reach out to and train teachers in the Philadelphia region. Participating teachers will have access to both in-person trainings and webinars to support them in crafting robust learning opportunities and lesson plans.

For teacher training opportunities, please contact Randi Boyette at: rboyette@adl.org

 

 

 

We all have a responsibility to never forget and to make sure that we pass forward the lessons and the legacies of the horrors of the Holocaust so that all people can be protected going forward. We are stronger as a community, we're stronger as a city, we're stronger as a Commonwealth and a country when we respect one another.