Seton Hill University’s National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education (NCCHE) joins Holocaust educators nationally in mourning the loss of Daniel C. Napolitano, who died suddenly on Saturday, September 15, 2013.
Napolitano was currently Director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s (USHMM) Teacher Education and Special Programs. He was also the author of The Holocaust: A Teaching Guide for Catholic Schools, which the NCCHE reprints and distributes to Catholic educators. To view the booklet, click here.
Napolitano, who since the year 2000 has worked at the USHMM, authored the book in 1999 when he participated in the Museum’s Mandell Teacher Fellowship Program. At that time he was teaching philosophy and religion at Georgetown Preparatory School, a Jesuit High School.
In November 2002 Napolitano’s booklet was presented to Pope John Paul II by Miles Lerman, Chairman Emeritus of the U. S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Both print and online versions in English and Spanish have been used by thousands of teachers to teach the history of the Holocaust to Catholic students around the world.
A dedicated and dynamic Holocaust educator, Napolitano took part in two of the Center’s Holocaust Education Conferences, now known as The Ethel LeFrak Holocaust Education Conferences. He presented “When Catholics Study the Holocaust” in 2003 and “Reinventing the Moment of Engagement” in 2006. The Center published the resulting papers in the proceedings of those two conferences.
We offer condolences to the Napolitano Family as well as USHMM staff. May Dan’s memory be a blessing to his family, friends, colleagues and the many educators he inspired.