Holocaust Mural

"Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, which has turned my life into one long night, seven times cursed and seven times sealed." -Elie Wiesel (Night).

Holocaust Remembrance Day is internationally celebrated each year on January 27th to coincide with the Liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp at the end of World War II. These resources align with the Holocaust and Genocide Studies course (45.0197) where students explore the ramifications of antisemitism, prejudice and indifference, the potential for government-supported terror, and acts of resilience, resistance, and valor. 

Here are 20 resources to help teach students about the significant events of the Holocaust and the resilience of the people Jewish people:

1. Lessons of the Holocaust

Grades: 6-12

Three video collections that offer educators a detailed exploration of different ways to approach teaching about the Holocaust in the classroom.

2. Murals of the Holocaust

Grades: 6-12

Students use the power of art to learn about the Holocaust and explore their related emotions.

3. Number the Stars

Grades: 12+

Fifth-grade students learn about the holocaust by reading the book, Number the Stars, and creating paneled works of art using historical photos.

4. You Have to Speak Up

Grades: 6-12

International Holocaust Remembrance Day is held each year as a way to remember the killing of six million Jews during World War II. Holocaust survivor Reva Kibort tells her story of when German soldiers came to Warsaw.

5. The Story of the Jews

Grades: 9-12

Explores the imprint that Jewish culture has made on the world and the drama of suffering, resilience, and rebirth that has gone with it.

6. The Holocaust from The War by Ken Burns

Grades: 9-12

Veterans of World War II discuss the Holocaust, liberating the camps, and witnessing the horrors that still haunt them in these video excerpts.

7. GI Jews: WWII Jewish Americans

Grades: 10-12

This is the profound and remarkable story of the 550,000 Jewish Americans who fought for their nation and for Jewish people worldwide in WWII.

8. Harbor from the Holocaust

Grades: 8-12

Explores the extraordinary relationship between the Jewish community and their adopted city of Shanghai through the bitter years of Japanese occupation and the ensuing Chinese civil war.

9. Holocaust from Children's Eyes

Grades: 9-12

Holocaust survivors recount their haunting memories of being sent to Nazi concentration camps in these videos from FRONTLINE.

10. Holocaust Escape Tunnel

Grades: 9-12

Archaeologists, geologists, and engineers uncover the truth about an astonishing story of a secret escape tunnel in this video from NOVA.

11. Anne Frank

Grades: 5-12

Explore the diary as a literary genre and the historical context in which Anne Frank wrote her unforgettable testament to hope.

12. Eva Kor

Grades: 5-12

Inspiring life and message of Eva Mozes Kor, a Holocaust survivor and global ambassador for peace, forgiveness and inclusiveness.

13. Meeting Max: A Survivor's Story

Grades: 7-12

Documentary by a high school student about the story of Max Steinmetz who was a Jewish prisoner, slave laborer, and WWII survivor.

14. Honoring Young Frank

Grades: 9-12

Manfred Goldberg’s struggle to come to terms with his brother’s murder in Auschwitz in these videos from FRONTLINE: The Last Survivors.

15. Defying the NazisL The Sharps' War

Grades: 7-12

Ken Burns series exploring the mission of the Sharps, the dilemmas they faced, and the impact of their courageous actions.

16. Standing Up to Injustice and Cruelty

Grades: 6-12

Illustrates the lasting effects of the Holocaust from the perspectives of both a victim of Nazi war crimes and the child of a perpetrator.

17. World On Fire

Grades: 9-12

Masterpiece historical drama with supportive resources that follows the intertwining fates of ordinary people in five countries as they grapple with the effects of WWII on their everyday lives. 

18. Can Trauma be Passed to Next Generation Through DNA?

Grades: 7-12

Learn about the genetic factors that may make a person more prone to anxiety with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour.

19. FRONTLINE: Four Documentaries that Keep the Memory of the Camps Alive

Grades: 10-12

Four documentaries from the PBS investigative series FRONTLINE are helping to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive — from presenting horrific firsthand footage of the atrocities Allied forces found when they liberated Nazi death camps in Germany, to telling the stories of some of the Holocaust’s last living survivors.

20. Eli Wiesel's Night & the Holocaust

Grades: 6-12

This teaching guide uses Digital Public Library of America Primary Source Sets to explore Elie Wiesel's Night and the Holocaust.