Teaching Holocaust and Human Behavior
This unit consists of 23 lessons and an assessment designed to lead middle or high school students through an examination of the catastrophic period in the twentieth century when Nazi Germany murdered six million Jews and millions of other civilians, in the midst of the most destructive war in human history. The essential question is "What does learning about the choices people made during the Weimar Republic, the rise of the Nazi Party, and the Holocaust teach us about the power and impact of our choices today?" (from Facing History and Ourselves)
Projections of Life: Jewish Life before World War II
The United States Holocaust Museum's Steven Spielberg Film and Video Archive holds over 1,200 hours of historical film footage collected since 1994. This play list consists of private films from their collection focusing on prewar Jewish life. Viewing films from this playlist is a good way to help students see those affected by the Holocaust as individuals with full lives prior to Nazi oppression rather than existing solely as victims of the Holocaust.
Learn how the Nazis used propaganda to serve their purpose according to Hitler's belief that its “task is not to make an objective study of the truth, in so far as it favors the enemy, and then set it before the masses with academic fairness; its task is to serve our own right, always and unflinchingly.” From the Holocaust Encyclopedia of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Oral Histories of Holocaust Survivors
This large collection of oral histories contains disturbing accounts and videos; be sure to preview for age-appropriateness. Not all content is in English. From the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Online Lessons from Auschwitz Birkenau State Museum
This 37 part lesson covers the time period starting with the setup of the camp, a pre-war Polish Army barracks on the outskirts of the Polish town of Oświęcim, through its use as a mass extermination camp. A virtual panorama of Auschwitz is available as a supplementary tool for understanding the layout of the camp. Both the lessons and the virtual tour use Adobe Flash player.
Educational Materials from Yad Vashem
Resources include resource videos for teachers, educational videos for students, age appropriate lesson plans, "The Holocaust – an Introduction" (Free MOOC), and more. From Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies.
The Righteous Gentile: The Story of Irena Sendler and the Holocaust
Students learn about people behind the Holocaust, more specifically Irena Sendler, by the use of maps and primary sources. Grades 9-12.
Propoganda and the Holocaust
A social studies lesson where students are asked to discover different propoganda techniques.
The Holocaust - Liberty
List of online resources for studying the Holocaust
The Holocaust - Nuremberg Laws
A social studies unit in world civilizations where students are asked to discover and talk about the Nuremberg Laws and their effect on the Jewish people living during the Third Reich.
The Cybrary at Remember.org
A comprehensive site about the Holocaust, the Cybrary is organized into 2 sections: Research, areas where you can explore the issues of the Holocaust, and Forums, where discussion and ongoing feedback is held.
US Holocaust Memorial Museum
Learn more about the holocaust
Grades, 3-6, 7-12, and teachers references
Holocaust and Resistance
A humanities lesson in which students learn about the Holocaust by taking the point of view of those who actively resisted Nazi persecution. Grades 9-12
Students look at and compare views of the Holocaust from two different authors (Elie Wiesel and Anne Frank), Night and Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl.
A Teacher's Guide to the Holocaust
A teachers'guide made up of activities for students of all grades. Includes lesson plans for elementary, middle and high school students. Produced by the Florida Center for Instructional Technology.