Lesson Plans

Lesson plans and curricula relating to Holocaust study are posted here. They are focused at elementary through college students. Some of the materials include posters, slides, and videos. Whenever possible the entire lesson plan is included and may be downloaded and used directly in the classroom. In other instances a sample from the lesson plan is presented. Complete lesson plan information can be obtained directly from the “owner’s” listed address.

If you have one or more lesson plans or curricula to submit for possible inclusion here, please send them to:

Dr. Mark Nataupsky, President
Holocaust Education Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 6153
Newport News, VA 23606-6153
by E-mail at: info@Holocaust-trc.org

A list of the lesson plans and curricula is presented below. Please click on either the title or the icon to obtain some detailed information from each lesson plan.

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TakforAlt-tn
TAK FOR ALT
Survival of a Human Spirit; The Story of Holocaust Survivor and Civil Rights Activist Judith Meisel

Materials from this book are reproduced with permission of Laura Bialis, Creative Consultant

In Tak for Alt, Judy Meisel returns to Denmark, where she visits the grave of Paula Jensen, the woman who was a foster mother to Judy and her sister after they had escaped to Denmark from Nazi-occupied Poland. On her gravestone are words “Tak for alt.”

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holocaustinperspective-tnThe Holocaust in Perspective

Materials from this book are reproduced with permission of
Edith Rechter Levy, Chair, West Virginia Holocaust Education Commission

Dr. Edith Rechter Levy is a Holocaust survivor, Chair of the West Virginia Holocaust Education Commission, and author of “The Holocaust inPerspective.” A “Teacher Manual” accompanies the source book for students.
Suggested activities guide the teachers through an extensive presentation of materials.

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teacher_cover-tnThe Holocaust in Perspective Teacher Manual

Materials from this book are reproduced with permission ofEdith Rechter Levy, Chair, West Virginia Holocaust Education Commission. Dr. Edith Rechter Levy is a Holocaust survivor, Chair of the West Virginia Holocaust Education Commission, and author of “The Holocaust inPerspective.”

This text is appropriate for teaching at both the middle school and high school levels. Suggested activities guide the teachers through an extensive presentation of materials.

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nowayout-tnNo Way Out
Letters and Lessons of the Holocaust
by Susan Prinz Shear
Materials from this book are reproduced with permission of Susan Prinz Shear

Susan is a child of Holocaust survivors and a former teacher and school counselor who now works to educate teachers and students about the Holocaust and intolerance. Susan was educated at Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies in Israel and Poland and worked as an interviewer of Holocaust survivors for Steven Spielberg’s Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation. She is the Education Specialist for the Holocaust Awareness Institute at the University of Denver serves on the Board of the Mizel Museum of Judaica works with Regis University and teaches courses and workshops for teachers and students regionally and nationally.

WORKSHOP
The objective of this interactive, non-graphic workshop is to teach the universal lessons of the Holocaust. At once ordinary and extraordinary, this is the story of real people trying to escape Germany. Nazi laws and historical events, enlarged and projected, are used to provide historical context and demonstrate the progressive, insidious nature of the “legal” processes that led to the death of millions and the destruction of Jewish life. Universal issues addressed include prejudice, indifference, greed, obedience, decision-making, responsibility and peer pressure. Over 3000 students and teachers have attended No Way Out workshops.

CURRICULUM
The 5-day unit is organized into 26 short transparency based lessons using copies of the letters. Lessons are accompanied by background information, discussion questions, outside resource information and extended learning activities. No Way Out is sold through Social Studies School Service Catalogs.

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no_way_rt-tnREADERS’ THEATRE

In a Readers’ Theatre Presentation, Susan works with a group of students and teachers who take on various roles of family members through the actual letters they wrote. The Readers’ Theatre presentation is then performed for an audience or assembly in one-or two hour sessions.

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ineverevenlived-tnI Never Even Lived
A Teaching Unit Women in Holocaust Literature
Materials from this book are reproduced with permission of Yad Vashem—

The Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Rememberance Authority, 2000
This teaching unit on Holocaust Literature is from Yad Vashem. The program deals with the manner in which women are presented in Holocaust Literature. It is centered on a discussion of four works written by well-known authors who survived the Holocaust. The discussion ascribes central importance to the fact that the protagonists are women, and attempts to characterize the uniquely feminine aspects of each work, and the relationship between the women protagonists and the historical events. This unit is part of a growing trend which seeks to investigate women in the Holocaust and to understand the particular ways in which women coped with its horrors. (click here for more details)

This unit is available from Yad Vashem in Hebrew and English.

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liberation-tnLiberation
Holocaust Literature — a teaching unit
Materials from this book are reproduced with permission of Yad Vashem—
The Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Rememberance Authority, 1999
This teaching unit on Holocaust Literature is from Yad Vashem. Liberation was in the first place an historical event. And yet, exploring the event through literature sheds light upon its human aspects and psychological and existential meanings. This unit contains eight short stories through which these themes are examined. The unit includes an anthology, an analysis of each work, and questions for study and discussion.

This unit is available from Yad Vashem in Hebrew and English.

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memories-tnMemories of the Night:
A STUDY OF THE HOLOCAUST
by Anita Meyer Meinbach and Miriam Klein Kassenoff
Photographs by Sharon Gurman Socol

Materials from this book are reproduced
with permission of Frank Schaffer Publications, Inc.
Copyright © 1994 by Frank Schaffer Publications, Inc.

Memories of the Night by Anita Meinbach, Miriam Klein Kassenoff is a treasure chest of Holocaust materials for teachers. The book has lesson plans for a series of books representing several aspects of the Holocaust as appropriate for various age levels. The book also includes significant background material. A link is provided to the lesson plan for Elie Wiesel Night.

Lesson plans are available for elementary through high school.

The authors are available for teacher workshops, lectures, and other presentations.
Contact Dr. Miriam Kassenoff for further information.

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forgfrdm-tnForging Freedom
A True Story of Heroism During the Holocaust
by Hudson Talbott

(Grades 5-8)
Materials from this book are reproduced with permission of Hudson Talbott
Copyright © 2000 by Hudson Talbott, All rights reserved.
Jaap Penratt was a teenager in Amsterdam who could not sit by while the Germans were persecuting the Jewish people. He started by forging papers and later led groups of people to safety. His heroic efforts saved more than four hundred Jewish people while he put his own life in danger. Jaap Penratt was recognized by Yad Vashem in Israel as one of the Righteous among the Nations. This illustrated book and the accompanying lesson plan are suitable for students in grades 5-8.

video-clipWatch the video of Jaap Penratt responding to the question why he felt that he wanted to help Jewish people when obviously he was risking his own life in doing it.

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El_story-tnLesson Plan: Eleanor’s Story
American Girl in Hitler’s Germany
by Eleanor Ramrath Garner
(Grades 5-12)
The material on this page is reproduced with permission from Peachtree Publishers, Ltd, Atlanta Georgia.

Imagine that you are a nine year old Catholic girl in America during the Great Depression. Your father accepts an excellent job in Germany, and the war breaks out while you and your family are on a boat to Germany. You cannot return to America but must endure many hardships for the duration of the war. This award winning memoir and the accompanying lesson plan are suitable for students in grades 5-12.

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the_Yellow_Star-tn“The Yellow Star, The Legend of King Christian X of Denmark”
Written by Carmen Agra Deedy and Illustrated by Henri Sorensen
For Teachers and Librarians
(Grades 3-5)
The Yellow Star is a beautifully written and illustrated book for children in grades 3-5. The story of one of the Holocaust’s most famous legends is told with a focus on moral behavior and accepting everybody as equals. An accompanying lesson plan also is provided.

A lesson plan and three (3) pages from the book are posted.

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Shoah-tnA MOTHER’S SHOAH
The Holocaust Story of Susan Kaszas
Steven Kingsley, Publisher
NewMedia Publishing
(Posted to this site on May 15, 2000)

SYNOPSIS by the author’s son

I found my mother’s diary letter among her belongings, upon her death in 1990. Reading about her survival in Auschwitz and as a slave laborer in a Nazi weapons plant made me cringe. One of the most foreboding images, stuck in my mind forever, comes from her very first paragraph:

“Something tells me that I’m about to write the longest letter of my life. To make matters a bit harder, I am not used to writing anymore. The last time I had a pencil in my hand was about nine months ago. Even then, the only thing I could use it for was to write my name down.”

Can any one of us imagine not having even the smallest of a pencil for nine months, or not being allowed to write? Humiliated, tortured, kept in a herd and used as a slave, or worse? Survive it all and tell about it so simply yet eloquently?

I certainly couldn’t, so I translated it and had our children, Judy and Mark edit, proofread and narrate it. Titled “A Mother’s Shoah”, it is the faithful translation of the original diary. Images of paintings from David Olere and of pages from the diary itself add visual impact. David Olere was a Sonderkommando in Auschwitz-Birkenau, who was made to cremate the dead bodies coming out of the gas chambers…

Our aim in publishing “A Motherís Shoah” is simple. We want to make sure that every one of us will stand up and say, when confronted with any kind of organized cruelty and inhumanity: Never again!
Lesson Plan for Book and CD-ROM entitled: A Mother’s Shoah

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faces_Rogow-tnFaces of Courage: Children Who Resistedlsnpln_Faces-tn
by Sally M. Rogow, ED.D.

(Updated September 9, 2002)
Sally Rogow, Ed.D. wrote a series of short essays about teenagers who offered resistance against the Nazis. The essays are all based on historical facts. A lesson plan also is included. Dr. Rogow is a docent of the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre and is a special education teacher (e.g., education of students who are blind, visually impaired and/or multiply disabled).

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Academy Award winning Ralph McQuarrie, the legendary main concept artist on all three Star Wars© films, and a friend of Peter L. Fischl for 35 years, was the art director on the “Little Polish Boy” poem and the designer of the “And the World Who Said Nothing” poster!!!

4colpfl-tnTO THE LITTLE POLISH BOY STANDING WITH HIS ARMS UP
By Peter L. Fischl

The material on this page is reproduced with permission of Peter L. Fischl.

Beneath an unforgettable photograph taken in 1943 Warsaw is a poem, “To the Little Polish Boy Standing With His Arms Up,” which the image inspired. Written by Holocaust survivor Peter L. Fischl, the heartfelt verse is an outcry against the persecution of innocents and the indifference of “the world who said nothing.” Includes a French translation. 18″ x 28″. ©1994.

Select English to view English translation.
Select German to view German translation.

video-clipView the video excerpt of Peter L. Fischl reading his poem
“To The Little Polish Boy Standing With His Arms Up”.

This signed poster, printed in French and English is available for purchase from the author. The lesson plan and poem are available for purchase from Peter L. Fischl. Please see below for information how to order copies of the poster/poem. Discounts are available for class sets.

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Engl_Jrnl02-tnTeaching Empathy through Ecphrastic Poetry:
Entering a Curriculum of Peace
by Nancy Gorrell

A lesson plan suitable for high school students was written by Nancy Gorrell and published in the English Journal.

Copyright by the National Council of Teachers of English.
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Reprinted with permission.

You may order the posters and additional items through a special order page. Select Order below for additional information and instructions to purchase.

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tch_holocaust-tnTeaching about the Holocaust
A Resource Guide for Educators
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Washington, D.C.
This document includes a section of “Guidelines for Teaching about the Holocaust” and includes the following sections:

Why Teach Holocaust History? | Questions of Rationale | Methodological Considerations

Incorporating a Study of the Holocaust into Existing Courses

These guidelines can help educators present Holocaust material that is appropriate for their students and is historically accurate.

The material on this page is reproduced with permission from the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.

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Light_yellowstar-tnLIGHT FROM THE YELLOW STAR
A Lesson of Love from the Holocaust
Robert O. Fisch
Holocaust survivor and physician, Dr. Robert O. Fisch, wrote “Light from the Yellow Star: A Lesson of Love from the Holocaust.” He has a simple message: Remain human – even in inhuman circumstances. His book with text and reproductions of original paintings is presented in its entirety.

Please see below for information on how to order copies of the book.

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Engl_Jrnl-tnTeaching the Holocaust:
Light from the Yellow Star Leads the Way
by Nancy Gorrell

A lesson plan suitable for high school students was written by Nancy Gorrell and published in the English Journal.

Copyright by the National Council of Teachers of English.
Access NCTE’s web site: www.ncte.com
Reprinted with permission.


ylo_str_pstr-tnFour of the original paintings created by Dr. Fisch are available as 15″ x 22″ Fine Art Prints that are hand signed and numbered in an edition limited to 1,000. Enlarged images can be found within the book’s text. The entire set of original paintings is available for exhibition with no rental fee. Please see below for information how to order the prints or arrange for an exhibition of the paintings.

To schedule an exhibition or to order copies of the book and/or Fine Art Prints, please contact:

Mr. Peter L. Fischl
511 N. Palmetto Ave. #120
Ontario, CA 91762 Phone: (818) 500-1234 FAX: (818) 500-1776


SPIRITUAL, EDUCATIONAL, AND PHYSICAL
RESISTANCE IN THE WARSAW GHETTO
by Sol A. Factor
Cleveland Heights High School
Cleveland Heights, Ohio
“Sol A. Factor wrote two sets of detailed lesson plans (below) to study the Warsaw Ghetto. The lesson plans focus on how the Holocaust changed the lives of the people and how they responded to the Holocaust. Each set has six lesson plans with the following sections: Purpose, Objectives, Materials, Method and Order of Presentation, and Closure. The high school lesson plans were part of the application that led to his selection in 1998 to become a Mandel Fellow at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.”

wghettohs-tnpdf-fileA Six Day Lesson Plan for High School
by Sol A. Factor
Cleveland Heights High School
Cleveland Heights, Ohio

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wghettoms-tnpdf-fileA Six Day Lesson Plan for Middle School
by Sol A. Factor
Cleveland Heights High School
Cleveland Heights, Ohio

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surv_htrd-tnpdf-fileSurviving Hatred: Witness to the Holocaust Study Guide

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This study guide accompanies Surviving Hatred: Witness To The Holocaust, a 30-minute video designed to teach middle and high school students the lessons of the Holocaust. The video includes a brief history of the Holocaust, followed by the personal testimonies of four survivors who live in Southern Virginia. The study guide includes classroom activities, survivors’ biographies, a Holocaust time line, and annotated bibliographies.

The video and a paper copy of the study guide can be obtained for $15.00 plus $3.00 shipping and handling ($18.00 total). Checks should be made out to “Holocaust Commission/UJFT” and mail the request to:

Holocaust Commission
United Jewish Federation of Tidewater
5000 Corporate Woods Drive, Suite 200
Virginia Beach, VA 23462


frybook-tnLesson Plans for “Assignment: Rescue”
“The Story of Varian Fry and the Emergency Rescue Committee”

Dr. Ellen Heckler, Director, Holocaust Outreach Center, Florida Atlantic University; Dr. Alan L. Berger, Raddock Eminent Scholar, Chair of Holocaust Studies, Florida Atlantic University

The materials presented here are with the permission of Dr. Ellen Heckler (Author) and Dr. Alan L. Berger (Editor). These materials are designed for high school.

See related Teacher’s Guide for High School listed below.
See related play and lesson plan for Junior High School below.

frycover-tnVarian Fry and the Emergency Rescue Committee:
A Resource Guide for Teachers
(Grades 7-12)

Anita Kassof, M.A.
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Washington, DC

A play – “Rescued from the Holocaust”
Lesson Plan for “Rescued from the Holocaust”
(Junior High School)



cover_rogow-tnHitler’s Unwanted Childrenbrochure_rogow-tn

Sally M. Rogow, Ed. D.
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HANNALEHannaleh’s Rescue
(Grades K-4)

A curricular unit structured in the form of a “story session,” in which the teacher tells the class a story about the Holocaust.

This unit includes:A 30-minute videocassette that retells a story of how a Jewish family devises a plan to smuggle their young daughter out of the ghetto. Eight laminated pictures (which appear in the video) of drawings that were done by Jews who lived during the Holocaust are also included. A teacher’s guide contains suggestions for class activities, a glossary and an overview of the unit.

This unit is available in Hebrew and English.
Recommended for kindergarten and elementary grades.

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stolen-tnSTOLEN CHILDHOOD
(Grades 5-8)
A unit on the world of children who grew up prematurely under the Nazi occupation – children who assumed the roles of adults and helped support their families and neighbors in the ghetto.

This unit includes:A videocassette (30 minutes) that presents three testimonies of survivors who were children during the war. The testimonies are accompanied by documentary film footage and photographs taken from that period.

Teacher’s manual – historical background, additional survivor testimonies, and suggestions for class activities.

This unit is available in Hebrew and English.
Recommended for junior high school students.

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return-tnRETURN TO LIFE
(Junior High School)
The story of how Holocaust survivors–the very few who emerged alive, rebuilt their lives against all odds. Survivor testimonies are featured along with an extensive data base of information about liberation day, issues of revenge, life in the displaced persons camps and organized routes of immigration to Palestine (later the State of Israel) and to the USA.

This multimedia program includes:
Testimonies, historical documents, photographs, and archival footage. Teacher’s manual – an overview of its structure and contents and suggestions for classroom activities.

This unit is available in Hebrew and English.
Recommended for senior high school and college students.

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teacher-tnstudent-tnEVERY DAY LIFE IN THE WARSAW GHETTO – 1941
(Junior High School and High School)

Teacher’s Guide Student Workbook
Photographs taken by a German soldier in the Warsaw Ghetto in September 1941.

This unit includes:
27 slides that document the conditions and severe hardships of the ghetto inhabitants.
Teacher’s manual – brief historical introduction, excerpts of testimonies and articles, and suggestions for classroom activities.
Student’s workbook – acquainting students with the feelings of the ghetto inhabitants and the methods they invoked to cope with the hardships.

This unit is available in Hebrew, English, Spanish, and German.
Recommended for junior high and senior high school students.

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witness-tnTO BEAR WITNESS
(Junior High School and High School)

39 photographs that chronicle the Holocaust through historical events, images, and concepts. The themes of the unit include the rise of Nazism, formation of the ghettos, deportation to death camps, the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, and liberation.

This unit includes:
20 black-and-white posters (50 x 70 cm.) that combine to display a 39-photograph collage.
Teacher’s manual – brief historical introduction, diary excerpts, suggestions for the teacher, and student worksheets.

This unit is available in Hebrew, English, French, Spanish, and Russian.
Recommended for junior high and senior high school students.

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responsa-tnHOLOCAUST RESPONSA IN THE KOVNO GHETTO (1941-1944)
Teaching Unit (Teacher’s Guide)
Pilot Edition
Written by Ephraim Kaye

A unit that explores questions of Jewish religious law during the Holocaust in the Kovno ghetto.

This unit includes: Manual with sources and instructions.

This unit is available in Hebrew and English.
Recommended for junior high and senior high school students.

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polish-tnTHE IMAGE OF POLISH JEWRY BETWEEN THE TWO WORLD WARS 1919-1939 Jewish Political Parties and Movements
Zionists– Haredim — The Bund
Pilot Edition (Teacher’s Guide)
by Ephraim Kaye

This unit describes the spectrum of Jewish political life–Zionist parties, Agudath Israel, and the Bund – in interwar Poland, shedding light on the main problems that faced Polish Jewry and the solutions that each movement proposed.

This unit includes: Manual with sources and instructions.

This unit is available in Hebrew and English.
Recommended for senior high school students

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