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March 22, 2022 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM EDT

Final Account: Teaching the Holocaust, Complicity, Propaganda and Responsibility


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Final Account: Teaching the Holocaust, Complicity, Propaganda and Responsibility


March 22, 2022 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM EDT






About This Webinar

In 2008, British filmmaker Luke Holland began interviewing Germans and Austrians who were former members of the Nazi Party and the SS. More than 10 years later, he created the documentary film Final Account, composed of a selection from the more than 250 interviews he had conducted. The son of a Jewish refugee from Vienna and a descendant of Jews killed by the Nazis, Holland struggled with the question of how and why ordinary people actively supported a regime that committed genocide. In partnership with Focus Features and Participant, the USC Shoah Foundation incorporated clips of the film into its IWitness educational platform to create a landmark use of perpetrator interviews for educators and students worldwide. Especially as heightened antisemitism and outright denial of facts concerning the Holocaust become more commonplace, this program opens up classrooms to new, vital questions about complicity, propaganda and responsibility. This session will include a short clip from the film as well as an overview of the free resources available to educators.


Chris Lane

Chris Lane serves as Vice President of Distribution at Participant, the leading company focused on content to inspire social change, where he has worked on such Academy Award-winning films as Judas and the Black Messiah, American Factory and Roma, as well as Oscar-nominated documentaries RBG and Collective.  He has also worked on such recently acclaimed films including Flee, Final Account, The First Wave, My Name is Pauli Murray, American Utopia, John Lewis: Good Trouble, Just Mercy, On the Basis of Sex and Dark Waters, and the highly praised docuseries America to Me. In addition to collaborating with distributors on the release of Participant’s content, Lane also harness distribution opportunities for its social impact campaigns and educational initiatives. Before joining Participant, Lane previously worked at MGM, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Park Circus. Lane received his BA in Critical Studies from the USC School of Cinema-Television and received his MA from UCLA’s Moving Image Archive Studies specializing. Lane currently sits on the Outfest Legacy Project Advisory Board, has been a panelist for DOC NYC PRO, and has been a regular attendee and panelist at the Art House Convergence.

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SML Member

Sedda Antekelian is the Program Specialist at USC Shoah Foundation - Institute for Visual History. In this role, Sedda develops testimony-based multimedia content across the different educational programs and facilitates teacher training, nationally and internationally. Sedda holds her B.A. in History and Humanities from Loyola Marymount University and her Master’s in Teaching from UC Irvine, along with her Single-Subject teaching credential in Social-Science and Art History. She has over 10 years of well-rounded experience within diverse educational environments, including the traditional classroom, museum education, online curriculum development, and project -based learning.  She is currently a doctoral candidate in USC Rossier's Global Executive Doctor of Education program.

Professional Credit

Available for one-hour of PD credit. A certificate of completion will be available for download at the end of your session that you can submit for your school's or district's approval.

Share My Lesson is now a New York State Education Department-approved provider for Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) requirements and an Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) approved Professional Development provider.




March 22, 2022
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2. Educator Quick Tips Handout.pdf

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March 22, 2022
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3. About IWitness Flyer.pdf

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March 22, 2022
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4. Virtual Classroom Flyer.pdf

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March 22, 2022
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7. Using Testimony in the Classroom Handout.pdf

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March 22, 2022
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8. Echoes and Reflections Holocaust Education Handout.pdf

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March 22, 2022
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FINAL ACCOUNT - Official Trailer [HD] - In Theaters May 21
Remote video URL
1 Reviews
Wow! So important to learn about this.
Excellent webinar. Lots of resources from USC Shoah Foundation IWITNESS webpage.
Kathryn Fairbanks
March 31, 2022