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Holocaust Theme Page

This "Theme Page" has links to two types of resources related to the study of the Holocaust. Students and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...) to help them learn about this topic. In addition, there are also links to instructional materials (lesson plans) which will help teachers provide instruction in this theme. Please read our disclaimer.

Anne Frank in the World, 1929 - 1945: Teacher Workbook
A series of lesson plans of varying length intended for Grades 5-8 or Grades 7-12 that can be used in different disciplines. Themes in the lessons are: Discrimination is cruel and irrational; It is the ordinary citizen who discriminates; Discrimination is a matter of personal choice; and Discrimination still exists today.

[The] Beast Within: An Interdisciplinary Unit
Included in the interdisciplinary unit on the Holocaust are lesson plans which can be used in Social Studies, English, Science, and Mathematics.

Cybrary of the Holocaust
A meta-list of links to WWW resources on the Holocaust. The site also has an extensive set of its own resources, including a Guide for Teachers.

Encarta Lesson Collection: Social Studies
There are a number of lesson plans within this collection for teachers of the Holocaust. We can't make direct links to them, but you can find them by selecting "History" from the Encarta Social Studies page. The names of the lessons and their number on the date of review are listed below:
  • #12 (page 2): [The] History of the Holocaust from a Personal Perspective (Grades 8-12)
  • #33 (page 4): Anti-semistism and the Nazi Regime (Grades 7-12)
  • #35 (page 4): Life in the Ghettos (Grades 7-12)
  • #36 (page 4): Killing Centers and the Concentration Camps (Grades 9-12)
  • #37 (page 4): Children and the Holocaust (Grades 9-12)
  • #38 (page 4): Free at Last (Grades 7-12)
  • #39 (page 4): Rescuers (Grades 7-12)
  • #40 (page 4): Encountering Holocaust Denial (Grades 9-12)
  • #41 (page 5): Holocaust on Film (Grades 6-12)
  • Teaching the Holocaust (Grades 4-8) For this last lesson, select "World History" rather than "History" from the Social Studies page.

[The] Holocaust
This eighteen day interdisciplinary teaching unit for Grade 9 students contains social studies, language arts, and math lesson plans intended to help students answer the questions: 1) What were the underlying foundations of hatred that fostered the Holocaust? 2) What events shaped the Holocaust? 3) Where does responsibility for moral behavior rest, and how far should retribution extend? 4) Is prejudice/intolerance a part of human nature? What about compassion/empathy? 5) What lessons can be learned from this tragic time period, and can something such as the Holocaust happen again? 6) How much intolerance is present in our community, and how can it be deterred?

[The] Holocaust: A Tragic Legacy
Resources at this site include a summary of the Holocaust (background information), an interactive timeline, stories from survivors, see a camp, Nuremburg and Swiss gold (moral dilemmas), and a multimedia glossary. (Note: RealAudio & CosmoPlayer are recommended.)

Holocaust Survivor Oral History Project
Transcripts and audio files from 150 interviews conducted by Dr. Sid Bolkosky are gradually being made available at this Website. Note that all the material at this site is copyrighted.

Simon Wisenenthal Center: Information Resources
The Library and Archives of the Simon Wiesenthal Center is an information resource center on the Holocaust, Twentieth-century genocides, antisemitism, racism, and related issues. Included are FAQs about the Holocaust, the center's response to historical revisionists, and a Holocaust glossary.

[A] Teacher's Guide to the Holocaust
"An overview of the people and events of the Holocaust through text, documents, photographs, art and literature." Lots of materials here. In particular, check out the teacher resources area for links to primary source materials and look at the student activities section for lesson plans.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Materials which can be used to learn more about the Holocaust including: Guidelines for Teaching about the Holocaust, Brief History of the Holocaust, Five Questions about the Holocaust,and Children and the Holocaust.

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