Holocaust Teacher Resource Center

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Recent Additions

The Generations of the Shoah International (GSI) newsletter has information on Holocaust education and commemoration programs from around the world. It also has Holocaust-related news articles and videos dealing with issues of restitution, anti-Semitism, Holocaust denial and more. This is the most comprehensive listing of conference and program information. The May 2016 GSI Newsletter is now online.

Refuge is a one-hour documentary that reaches back more than 70 years to give a voice to the last generation of Central European Jewish victims of Nazi persecution. The film weaves together historical narrative, archival footage, and deeply personal testimony to explore the lives of six Chicagoans against the context of the Nazi cataclysm and tell the story of a singular community that has given refuge to more than 1,000 Central European Jewish refugees and survivors. Contact the director, Ethan Bensinger, for additional information.

We now have a link to the Arnold-Liebster Foundation’s website that details the Nazi persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses. It includes survivor testimony, online resources, videos and DVDs (English and Spanish), study guides and lesson plans, teacher comments, books, and information about interactive video conferences with survivors and schools.

We now have a link to the Chava Rosenfarb Home Page. She was one of the most important Yiddish novelists and writers of the second half of the twentieth century and was a survivor of both Auschwitz and Bergen Belsen.

White Rose refers to a “society” of Christian, gay, German teenagers who became disenchanted with Nazi ideology and the persecution of the Jewish people. They were not bystanders. They created and distributed leaflets that told about the Nazi atrocities, and urged people to fight against it. They were discovered and executed. Today they serve as a prime example of what each individual can do. Jud Newborn’s editorial commemorates the 70th anniversary of the White Rose. He is available for multimedia lectures.

Why Teach?

UNESCO asks the question:
“Why teach about the Holocaust”?

“What can be learned about preventing genocide and mass atrocities through study of the Holocaust and other Nazi crimes?”

“Other genocides have occurred after the Holocaust, on several continents. How can we draw better lessons from the past?”

(Posted with permission by UNESCO.)

Lesson Plans

Holocaust survivor Peter L. Fischl wrote a poem titled “To The Little Polish Boy Standing With His Arms Up” in response to a photo of Jewish people being forced out of a ghetto. A lesson plan written by award winning teacher Nancy Gorrell was published in the English Journal and posted on this site with permission.

Download the photo/poem and
lesson plan, or order the teaching kit.

(Posted with permission by Peter L. Fischl)

Response to Deniers

Arieh’s Response to Deniers

Arieh Lebowitz, Associate Director of Jewish Labor Committee responded to Sonya Brendon of Sydney, Austrailia who questioned the existence of evidence of gas chamber that killed Holocaust victims. His response details documented sources of that evidence.

Click here to read his editorial response.

(Posted with permission by Arieh Lebowitz.)