Outreach and Education Initiatives: The Hours After Project
Gerda’s Lieutenant is the centerpiece of an educational outreach program that we call The Hours After Project; we have begun to establish an advisory committee of individuals and organizations including the Gerda and Kurt Klein Foundation. The Klein Foundation partnered with Southern Poverty Law Center and TIME Classroom to create two teaching kits that address the issues of anti-Semitism and intolerance in a larger context. To date, there have been more than 122,000 requests for these unique educational curricula. These materials are available at no charge to every school/educator upon request. These kits have also been distributed to the United Nations and countries around the world. We hope to collaborate with Teaching Tolerance and the Southern Poverty Law Center as well. Our intention is to work with theaters, religious institutions, schools, and community groups across the country so that others may be inspired, as we have been, by Gerda and her profound message of hope in the face of adversity. We have been discussing a partnership with The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum as we move the play around the country. (President Bill Clinton appointed Gerda to the USHMM Board, and a video of her story appears at the end of the Museum’s permanent exhibition.) We plan to develop educational materials for all ages, and will approach the Time Warner Foundation, the Southern Poverty Law Center, Farrar Strauss and Giroux, and HBO to request that free or heavily discounted books, DVDs, teaching kits, and teaching guides be made available to audiences.