Online Resources for Educators of Holocaust and Genocide Studies

The websites below offer free online access to lesson plans and other materials and resources that can help enhance an educator’s classroom teachings about Holocaust and Genocide studies.

ADL Curriculum Connections
Curriculum Connections is a collection of original lesson plans and resources that help K-12 educators integrate multicultural, anti-bias and social justice themes into their curricula. Each edition is organized around a particular topic or theme, including Anti-Semitism and Judaism and Deadly Shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue. Educators can also freely download handouts and supporting background and resources documents on the Cambodian Genocide, the Bosnian Genocide and the Rwandan Genocide.
This sire has a Holocaust Studies section where visitors can study the history of the Holocaust, view articles addressing the many relevant theological issues, and see both articles and videos of personal histories and testaments.

Anne Frank House Teachers’ Portal
The Anne Frank House website was launched in 2010 on the occasion of the 50 year anniversary of the Anne Frank House as a museum and aims to spread the message of Anne Frank’s life and ideals. The site’s Teacher’s Portal provides lesson materials, ideas and tips for elementary and secondary school teachers about Anne Frank, World War II and various contemporary themes. Educators can also register for the organization’s free newsletter.

Armenian National Institute (ANI)
Dedicated to the study, research and affirmation of the Armenian Genocide, ANI provides the following online educational resources for teachers: maps; resource guides; curricula; and encyclopedia entries by Rouben Paul Adalian as they appear in the Encyclopedia of Genocide (ABC-CLIO, 1999).

Arnold-Liebster Foundation
The Foundation focuses on the Nazi persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Their Education page allows educators to download and/or view survivor testimony; online resources; study guides and lesson plans; teacher comments; and information about interactive video conferences with survivors and schools.

Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education – College of Saint Elizabeth
The mission of the Center is to provide education and remembrance of the Holocaust and other genocides, to facilitate Catholic/Jewish dialogue and interfaith understanding, and to do so with high academic and scholarly standards, as well as standards consistent with the teachings of Vatican Council II. Educators can access the following five parts of Encyclopaedia Britannica’s Coverage of the Holocaust, including discussion questions, on the Center’s Holocaust Resources page:

  • Part 1: Hitler and the Origins of the Holocaust
  • Part 2: The Holocaust
  • Part 3: The Allied Response: Should the Allies Have Bombed the Camps?
  • Part 4: The Christian Response: The Actions of the Church
  • Part 5: Art, Meaning, and Memory

Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies’ Virtual Museum – Univ. of Minnesota The virtual museum was created to give educators, scholars, students and interested individuals a venue to explore art and artists whose work deals with the Holocaust and other genocides. The artwork on the website represents a variety of artistic responses to the Holocaust. The museum has also created an educational resource page to aid in using the artwork as a tool to engage students in the study of the Holocaust and the Rwandan Genocide. This website provides scholarly information related to the Holocaust as well as a virtual museum and direct access and referrals to varied resource materials such as slides, film, video and audio tapes for use in Holocaust and genocide education.

Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education (CHHE)
This center educates about the Holocaust, remembers its victims and acts on its lessons. Through innovative programs and partnerships, the CHHE challenges injustice, inhumanity and prejudice and fosters understanding, inclusion and engaged citizenship. Teachers can view four online exhibits; download a teacher’s guide intended to be used to support a student’s reading of Michael Kraus’ memoir, Drawing the Holocaust: A Teenager’s Memory of Terezín, Birkenau, and Mauthausen; and feely access a lesson plan that explores these six case studies of mass atrocities:

  • Cambodian Genocide
  • Guatemalan Genocide
  • Atrocities in Bosnia and the Genocide at Srebrenica
  • Rwandan Genocide
  • Genocide in Darfur, Sudan
  • Atrocities in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Centre for Dialogue and Prayer in Oświęcim (Auschwitz)
The Centre was founded by Archbishop Franciszek Cardinal Macharski in co-operation with the bishops of Europe as well as with representatives of Jewish organizations. It is
built in the neighborhood of the Auschwitz concentration camp and aims to create a place for reflection, education, sharing and prayer for all those who are moved by what happened here. The Centre commemorates the victims and contributes to creating mutual respect, reconciliation, and peace in the world. The Centre’s offers a Texts section on its Education Resources page that provides access to various documents and resources in the following categories:

  • Official Declarations of the Catholic Church
  • Theology after Auschwitz
  • Testimonies
  • Prayers
  • Dialogue after Auschwitz
  • Recommended Literature
  • Saints and Beatified

Centre for Holocaust Education and Scholarship (CHES) – Carleton University
The CHES develops educational programs and activities in order to promote a deeper understanding of the history and legacy of the Holocaust. The centre brings together academics, educators, survivors, students, community members and other appropriate partners. Teachers can access a collection of 10 stories that make up the Ottawa Holocaust Survivors Testimony Project. The films were edited to about 30 minutes to ensure sufficient time for class discussion; two-minute excerpts are also available for quick review.

Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies – Appalachian State University 
Visitors to the Center’s Lectures & Testimonies page can freely access recordings of various talks, workshops and panel discussions covering some of the following themes: Living with the Other: Religious Congregations in France and the Hiding of Jews During the Holocaust; The Murderers Are Among Us’: Images of and Inquiries into Holocaust Perpetrators since the Third Reich; and many others.

The Center’s also has a Genocide Survivor Testimony Videos page where visitor’s can access videos from survivors of the Holocaust and Rwanda Genocide.

Centropa is a non-profit, Jewish historical institute dedicated to preserving 20th century Jewish family stories and photos from Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans, and disseminating these stories and photos through films, books and exhibitions. On the Education portion of Centrop’s site, teachers can access:

  • lessons created by Centropa educators in the United States, Europe and Israel for elementary, middle and high school students;
  • a feature to filter all available educational resources by topic; and
  • interactive scripts to many films

Cohen Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies – Keene State College
The Cohen Center serves as a research and resource center for the teaching of the Holocaust and genocide through Keene State College’s academic programs. Educators can access lesson plans and educational materials organized for the elementary, middle school and high school levels. General lesson plans and supporting materials are also offered.

Coming of Age in the Holocaust, Coming of Age Now
Coming of Age in the Holocaust, Coming of Age Now is an interactive curriculum for middle-school students and their educators that is designed to accommodate classes of students working as a group. Pairs of classes may also work on this curriculum together. The curriculum includes 12 stories of Holocaust survivors and one story of an individual who grew up in the Mandate of Palestine during the same period. Each story contains five short chapters: The first chapter describes the survivor’s life before the Holocaust, chapters two through four cover life during the Holocaust and the fifth chapter focuses on life after the Holocaust.

Coordination Forum for Countering Antisemitism
The Coordination Forum for Countering Antisemitism website has the largest and most comprehensive data base of antisemitic incidents reported throughout the world and is updated daily with reports, pictures, video clips and statistics. The Forum’s site also offers information on the ongoing struggle against antisemitic and related articles.

David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies
The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies teaches the history and lessons of America’s response to the Holocaust, through scholarly research, public events, publications, and educational programs. Educators can freely access more than 140 entries in the Encyclopedia of America’s Response to the Holocaust; hundreds of articles written from 2002 through present; seven special reports; and many other educational materials.

Digital Archive of Gusen Concentration Camps
The KZ Gusen Memorial Committee Digital Archive’s purpose is to honor the 40,000 victims of KZ Gusen I, II, and III. Educators can access the following photos at this virtual visitor’s center from: French war crimes files; the Dupont Mission Report; the May 12, 1945 Signal Corps; and the Boix Nuremberg Testimony. Visitors to the site can also view documents from the Dachau Trials; engineers associated with Bergkristall and/or Underground Me 262 Production; OSS/RG 226; SS; US Military; and various War Crimes records.

Echoes & Reflections
Echoes & Reflections offers educators access to a library of comprehensive Holocaust content that is classroom-ready and prepared with today’s students and classrooms in mind. Educations can freely access pedagogy for instruction; lesson plans; an audio glossary; and a timeline.

Education for Holocaust Remembrance – UNESCO
UNESCO provides a platform for institutions, teachers, students and interested parties to access resources on Education for Holocaust Remembrance. Educators can download the following three publications on this page: 1) Holocaust Education in a Global Context; 2) The International Status of Education About the Holocaust; and 3) Why Teach about the Holocaust?

In partnership with Britannica, EducationWorld offers educators free access to several helpful resources such as 10 lesson plans; weekly highlights of Web sites to help educators work timely themes into their lessons; and the Paper Clip Project, an after-school program that focuses on the Holocaust.

European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI)
The mission of the EHRI is to support the Holocaust research community by building a digital infrastructure and facilitating human networks. EHRI provides online access to information about dispersed sources relating to the Holocaust through its Online Portal, and tools and methods that enable researchers and archivists to collaboratively work with such sources. Teachers, lecturers and students will especially find the Online Course in Holocaust Studies helpful. The following five overarching topics have been developed for the online course:

Facing History and Ourselves’ Educator Resources
Facing History and Ourselves is a nonprofit international educational and professional development organization that engages students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice and antisemitism in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry. Their website provides educators with a wide range of free online multimedia materials, from primary sources and streaming video to teaching strategies, lessons and units and the opportunity to subscribe to the following blogs:

  • Facing Today is dedicated to combating  racism and antisemitism by using history to teach tolerance in classrooms around the globe
  • Learn+Teach+Share helps Southern California teachers connect directly with each other, share ideas and learn about new resources and opportunities for those interested in or already implementing Facing History and Ourselves
  • Facing Canada is a forum  where Canadian Facing History and Ourselves teachers and community members meet to share reflections, scholarship and teaching practices that will inspire, challenge and improve teaching and student learning

Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies – Yale University
The Fortunoff Archive has worked to record, collect and preserve Holocaust witness testimonies and to make its collection available to researchers, educators and the general public. The Fortunoff Archive currently holds more than 4,400 testimonies of willing individuals with first-hand experience of the Nazi persecutions, including those in hiding, survivors, bystanders, resistants and liberators. The testimonies are recorded in whatever language the witness prefers, and range in length from one-half hour to over 40 hours (recorded over several sessions). The testimonies are cataloged in Yale’s online public access catalog and in OCLC, in an international bibliographic database, and many can be viewed online.

Genocide Archive of Rwanda
Established by the archive and documentation department of the Aegis Trust, the Genocide Archive of Rwanda provides a digital collection of items related to the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda as well as the pre-genocide history and post-genocide reconstruction processes. The archive’s collections include photographs, objects, audio recordings, video recordings, documents and interactive mapping data. All resources encourage students, teachers and researchers to use the collections as an educational resource to teach about the history of the genocide, the dangers of genocide denial and the importance of genocide prevention.

Genocide Education Project (GenEd)
The mission of GenEd is to assist educators in teaching about human rights and genocide, particularly the Armenian Genocide, by developing and distributing instructional materials, providing access to teaching resources and organizing educational workshops. GenEd has created an Armenian Genocide Resource Library for Teachers page where educators can access the following free online resources: several teaching guides; survivor accounts; maps; articles and documents; list of books, videos, and modern era Genocides.

Genocide Teaching Project  American University
The Genocide Teaching Project, supported by the American University’s Washington College of Law, provides online resources that help educators teach about the legal concept of genocide in high schools, including a discussion of the Genocide Convention (1948); a brief overview of genocides that have taken place throughout history; the types of behavior and actions that may lead to genocide; a 90-minute lesson on the genocide in Rwanda; a 45-minute lesson on the current violence in Darfur; and the Center’s resource booklet, The Rwanda Commemoration Project: Genocide in Our Time, which is a tool for classes contemplating further action or wanting to learn more about the events in Rwanda.

German Propaganda Archive – Calvin College
This growing collection of English translations of propaganda material from Nazi Germany and the former German Democratic Republic (GDR) is maintained by Randall Bytwerk, Professor Emeritus of Communication Arts and Sciences at Calvin College, where he taught from 1985-2014. Professor Bytwerk’s impressive collection of primary materials created by Nazi and GDR leaders and other propagandists includes essays, pamphlets and other publications, speeches, posters, photographs, art and much more.

Hiatt Holocaust Collection – College of the Holy Cross
The College of the Holy Cross maintains a substantial collection of Holocaust materials in the Dinand Library. The origins of this collection and the particular interest of the College in the Holocaust date from 1979 when two new wings of the Library were dedicated to the memory of Joshua and Leah Hiatt and all the victims of the Holocaust. Visitors to the Collection’s site can access online resources in the following areas: Catholics and the HolocaustPope Pius XII and the HolocaustThe Popes and the Holocaust; and Oral & Written Testimonies: Lithuania and the Holocaust.

Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme
The Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme seeks to remind the world of the lessons to be learned from the Holocaust in order to help to prevent future acts of genocide. Educators can readily access several useful materials such as study guides, posters and papers written by leading Holocaust and genocide studies scholars from around the world.

Holocaust Center for Humanity
The Holocaust Center, in partnership with the Seattle Times Newspapers In Education (NIE) Program, has created and published a 10-article series geared towards students in grades 7-12 that focus on the stories of individuals directly affected by genocide during the past century. Freely accessible online, the series also includes teacher guides with activities and study questions, in addition to a set of 12 downloadable posters (available in Arabic, Chinese, Czech, English, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish) that presents an overview of the Holocaust in the context of the Second World War and the founding of the United Nations.

(The) Holocaust Chronicle
This web site contains every word and image that appear in the print edition of The Holocaust Chronicle, published by Publications International, Ltd. in April 2000. The 800 pages and more than 1,800 images can be searched and viewed in a number of ways. The Table of Contents includes:

Prologue: Roots of the Holocaust
1933: The Nazi State Begins
1934: Triumph of the Will
1935: Steps Toward Destruction
1936: The Nazis’ Games
1937: Quiet Before the Storm
1938: The End of Illusions
1939: The War Against the Jews
1940: Machinery of Hatred
1941: Mass Murder
1942: The “Final Solution”
1943: Death and Resistance
1944: Desperate Acts
1945: Liberation and Rebuilding
1946: The Pursuit of Justice
Epilogue: The Aftermath

Holocaust Denial on Trial (HDOT)
This website was created by Professor Deborah E. Lipstadt and colleagues and is a joint project of Emory University and Emory’s Tam Institute for Jewish Studies. Its mission is to ensure perpetual access to the evidence, transcripts, judgment, and appeal documents that made the case in the David Irving v. Penguin Books U.K. and Deborah Lipstadt trial and to refute the misleading claims of Holocaust deniers with historical evidence. The site also provides access to a collection of primary documents and educational materials as aids to students, teachers, journalists, politicians, and the general public to demonstrate power of truth over deception and history over hate.

Holocaust Education & Archive Research Team (H.E.A.R.T)
The aim of H.E.A.R.T is to inform and educate people about the Holocaust and the extermination programs conducted by the Nazi regime throughout Europe during the Second World War. H.E.A.R.T research and material is contributed from a group of independent Holocaust researchers who devote their spare time to research for the production of this website and other forms of related publications, such as leaflets and books. Educators and other visitors can readily view hundreds of photos and images and more than 500 articles, essays and editorials that have been grouped according to these categories:  

  • Holocaust Prelude
  • Euthanasia
  • Einsatzgruppen
  • Aktion Reinhard
  • Ghettos
  • Revolt & Resistance
  •  Other Camps
  • Holocaust Economics
  • The German Occupation
  • Survivors Stories
  • Trials is a website of the Beth Shalom Holocaust Web Centre. This site was designed as an introductory guide for school students. It provides basic information about the Holocaust through photographs, documents, video footage and stories about real people.

Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program
The Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program was established by the Azrieli Foundation in 2005 to collect, preserve and share the memoirs and diaries written by survivors of the twentieth-century Nazi genocide of the Jews of Europe who later made their way to Canada.These memoirs — published in both English and French — are distributed free of charge to educational institutions across Canada.

Holocaust Teacher Resource Center (TRC)
TRC’s web site, which is sponsored by the Holocaust Education Foundation, Inc., provides the following resources relating to Holocaust education: lesson plans; essays, publications and editorials; survivor videos; annotated bibliographies and videographies; and book reviews.

Institute for Holocaust & Genocide Studies – Raritan Valley Community College
The Institute for Holocaust & Genocide Studies’ website lists a variety of online resources and materials for educators and students on the Holocaust and other genocides, including those in Armenia, Bosnia, Cambodia, Darfur, Kosovo and Rwanda.

Institute on the Holocaust and Genocide in Jerusalem
This Institute is devoted to the study of the genocide of all peoples, aiming at understanding the generic genocidal process, as well as to the further goal of developing new concepts for intervention and prevention of genocide to all peoples in the future. Educators can access articles originally published in Genocide Prevention Now which have been classified under these 11 categories:

  • Genocidal Events and Processes
  • Holocaust
  • How Can We Commit the Unthinkable
  • Armenian Genocide and Co-Victims
  • Israel and the Armenian Genocide
  • Genocide Denial
  • Genocide Prevention
  • Genocide Early Warning System
  • Genocide Education and Art
  • Psychology of Genocide
  • Law Regarding Genocide

International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ)
The  ICTJ works for justice in countries that have endured massive human rights abuses under repression and in conflict. They work with victims, civil society groups, and national and international organizations to ensure redress for victims and to help prevent atrocities from happening again. ICTJ provides free access to their Books; Briefing Papers; Fact Sheets; Newsletters; Reports; Research Case Studies; Research Papers/Reports; and UN Universal Periodic Review Submissions across a variety issues such as:

  • Criminal Justice
  • National Prosecutions
  • Children and Youth
  • Institutional Reform
  • Gender Justice
  • Truth and Memory
  • Reparations

International Crisis Group (ICG)
The ICG is an independent organization working to prevent wars and shape policies that will build a more peaceful world. ICG provides independent analysis and advice on how to prevent, resolve or better manage deadly conflict. They do this by combining expert field research, analysis and engagement with policymakers across the world in order to effect change in the crisis situations on which they work. Visitors to ICG’s site can freely access their comprehensive reports, briefings commentaries in countries throughout Africa, Asia, Europe & Central Asia, Latin America & Caribbean, and the Middle East & North Africa. You can also read their reports and commentaries on the following topics on their Global Issues webpage:

  • Jihad in Modern Conflict
  • Peace, Justice and Reconciliation
  • Gender, Peace and Security
  • Humanitarian Fallout of Conflict
  • The Boko Haram Insurgency
  • From Early Warning to Early Action

International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation
The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation’s mission is to develop educational programs and public awareness campaigns based on the values of solidarity and civic courage, ethical cornerstones of the Saviors of the Holocaust. Educators can download various lesson plans and other materials and resources on this field of study from their site’s Education page.

Jewish Foundation for the Righteous (JFR)
The JFR is committed to assisting Righteous Gentiles who are in need and preserving the memory and legacy of the rescuers through its national Holocaust education program. The goal of the program is to educate middle and high school teachers about the history of the Holocaust and to provide them with the resources to integrate this knowledge into their classrooms. Educators can download two units of study for free: One unit addresses the rescue of Jews in Denmark, and the second unit focuses on Zegota, that part of the Polish underground that was established to help Jews. These units, which deal with two themes related to rescue, are designed to be covered in one or two class periods.

Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation (JPEF)
The mission of JPEF is to develop and distribute effective educational materials about the Jewish partisans and their life lessons, bringing the celebration of heroic resistance against tyranny into educational and cultural organizations. Educators can access ready-to use lesson plans, activities, study guides and biographies for teaching History, Leadership, Ethics and Jewish Values on JPEF’s site. The materials are designed for 6th-12th grade History, English, Social Studies, Holocaust/Genocide and Jewish Studies classrooms and informal settings and most can be completed in 45-60 minutes.

Journal Study of Antisemitism (JSA)
The JSA is a biannual peer-reviewed academic journal, which covers anthropological, sociological, psychological, legal, historical, philosophical and political aspects of contemporary antisemitism, JSA articles are written by a select group of independent scholars who are interested in examining antisemitism in all its forms and are not affiliated with any institution or financially dependent on a single source of funding. Educators can readily access all issues of JSA online.

Kindertransport Association (KTA)
The KTA is a not-for-profit organization that unites child Holocaust refugees of the Kindertransport and their descendants. The KTA shares their stories, honors those who made the Kindertransport possible and supports charitable work that aids children in need. Educators can take a virtual tour of The Kindertransport Journey Museum Quality Traveling Exhibit, which traces the epic journey of the Kindertransport from 1938 into the 21st century, and can read KTA’s Voices of the Kinder, a showcase for memoirs, stories, poetry and other genres of writing by members of the Kindertransport Association.

Learning about the Holocaust through Art Project
Learning about the Holocaust through Art is a major collaborative project between World ORT and Beit Lohamei Haghetaot (The Ghetto Fighters’ House Museum and Study Center), with principle sponsorship from the Claims Conference. The primary goal of this project is to create a significant, high-quality resource about the art of the Holocaust for researchers, educators, students and the wider public. This website, available in English, Hebrew, Russian and Spanish, provides access to photographed, researched and documented works of art with accompanying biographies of the artists and educational and materials for the classroom.

Lookstein Center
The Lookstein Center is dedicated to providing critical supports for Jewish educators as they learn, teach and lead in the twenty-first century to ensure an engaged and educated Jewish community. The Center offers a list of Yom HaShoah/Holocaust teaching materials, including lessons plans and activities, on its website.

Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (LAMOTH)
Educators can download comprehensive teacher guides that give them the tools to teach the Holocaust to students through Holocaust survivor testimony and primary sources, using as examples student-created short films about the lives of Holocaust survivors.

March of the Living Digital Archive Project
The primary purpose of this website is to host short form documentaries, ranging in length from 2-15 minutes created from footage shot with Holocaust survivors who participated on the March of the Living. The documentaries will be available on demand and searchable by themes, locations, and by the particular survivor. The site will have a glossary of definitions and important concepts that relate to the Holocaust.

Mémorial de la Shoah’s References for Teachers
The Shoah Memorial is many things at once: a museum hosting a permanent exhibition, two temporary exhibitions a year and many cultural events (panel discussions, film screenings and testimonies); an archival center open to researchers; and a place of remembrance and the transmission of memory. The Memorial’s website provides the following online resources for educators: a historical atlas; filmography on the deportation and the Holocaust; online archive of more than 30 million documents, including many originals bearing the signatures of Nazi leaders and those responsible for deporting Jews from France; a multimedia encyclopedia of the Shoah of 300+ articles on the history of the destruction of the Jews of Europe; and a separate website that focuses on an introduction to the history of the Holocaust for primary school pupils, particularly those between the ages of eight and 12.

Midwest Center for Holocaust Education
The Midwest Center for Holocaust Education teaches the history of the Holocaust, applying its lessons to counter indifference, intolerance and genocide. Educators can watch and listen to video and audio testimonials from 73 Survivors of the Holocaust. After registering, educators may also access nine History-Based Holocaust Lesson Plans; six Literature-Based Holocaust Lesson Plans; three Aftermath of the Holocaust Lesson Plans; and eight Relating the Holocaust to other Genocides Lesson Plans.

Montreal Institute for Genocide & Human Rights Studies (MIGS) – Concordia Univ.
MIGS, recognized internationally as Canada’s leading research and advocacy Institute for genocide and mass atrocity crimes prevention, conducts in-depth scholarly research and proposes concrete policy recommendations to resolve conflicts before they degenerate into mass atrocity crimes. MIG’s website provides free online archival resources for research into the Rwandan Genocide and Ukrainian Famine. Educators can access a number of memoirs from the famine in Ukraine as well as Rwandan radio transcripts of hate radio broadcasts by RTLM, Radio Rwanda and Radio Muhabura in 1994. The Ukrainian memoirs are available in English, and the Rwandan radio transcripts are available in English, French and Kinyarwanda.

Museum Fellowship Teaching Resources
The materials on this site, submitted by Museum Teacher Fellows of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, are intended to be used by educators seeking meaningful educational resources about the Holocaust. The site contains an extensive list of book reviews and their lesson plans, which have been field-tested and include additional online support documents, are grouped under the following headings:

  • Prewar Life
  • Introduction
  • Nazism
  • Ghettos
  • Final Solution
  • Rescue/Resistance
  • Children
  • Literary Connections
  • Universal Lessons
  • Global Connections
  • Life in Shadows: Hidden Children and the Holocaust

Museum of Tolerance – A Simon Wiesenthal Center Museum
Educators can freely access lessons and activities on the Museum of Tolerance’s web site. They support several overarching themes and learning objectives, including:

  • Power of Words and Images — Students understand the strong influence of words and images in shaping their emotions, thoughts and actions.
  • Dynamics of Discrimination — Students analyze the human dynamics of bias, exclusion and oppression and examine the consequences of social and political injustice by looking at contemporary and historical examples, particularly the Holocaust.
  • Pursuit of Democracy and Diversity — Students seek multiple perspectives about concepts and events and apply those perspectives to a broader understanding of human rights and social justice issues throughout history.
  • Personal Responsibility — Students recognize that individuals are responsible for the choices they make, and those choices can improve communication and relationships within their families, schools and communities.

Music and the Holocaust
This website is dedicated to the role of music in the Holocaust. Their articles describe the wide range of musical activities that took place in camps and ghettos across Nazi-occupied Europe, focusing not only on the work of professional musicians and composers but equally on the music created and performed by millions of ‘ordinary’ people in response to their experiences of internment. Their wide range of sound recordings of music include songs written and sung by victims across Europe, as well as full-length compositions written primarily in Theresienstadt and in the post-war period. Additionally, the site’s Resources and References page contains materials that have been created specifically for secondary school teachers as well as for those educators who are interested in including music in their Holocaust commemoration events.

Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center – HERC
The HERC, a program of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, has posted more than 50 Holocaust Survivor Testimony Videos on its YouTube channel.

(The) Nazi Concentration Camps: a teaching and learning resource
Developed and written by Dr. Nikolaus Wachsmann, Professor in modern European history at Birkbeck (University of London) and author of KL: A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps (2015), this website provides an online archive of photos and documents, maps, films and testimonies and teaching resources, including lesson plans, about Nazi crimes and concentration camps.

Nazi-Era Provenance Internet Portal
The Nazi-Era Provenance Internet Portal provides a searchable registry of objects in U.S. museum collections that changed hands in Continental Europe during the Nazi era (1933-1945). By providing a single point of contact to hundreds of U.S. museum collections, the Portal helps people seeking lost objects to refine their searches, and by providing a searchable online registry of objects, the Portal helps U.S. museums fulfill their responsibility to make information about objects in their collections centrally accessible.

New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education
The core mission of the Commission is to promote Holocaust education in the State of New Jersey. All educators, both in and outside of New Jersey can access the following online resources for the classroom: curriculum guides and materials; an interactive world map; photos; 9/11 activities and PowerPoint presentations.

New York Time’s Learning Network
This site contains Learning Network lesson plans, New York Times resources and other Websites for teaching and learning about the Holocaust. Educators can access lesson plans on the Holocaust and other genocidal acts and crimes against humanity that took place in Armenia, Cambodia, Darfur, Kenya, Kosovo, Srebrenica and Sudan.

Nuremberg Trials Project – Harvard University
The Harvard Law School Library’s Nuremberg Trials Project is an open-access initiative to create and present digitized images or full-text versions of the Library’s Nuremberg documents, descriptions of each document, and general information about the trials. Visitors to the site can examine trial transcripts, briefs, document books, evidence files and other papers from the trials of military and political leaders of Nazi Germany.

Open Hearts/Closed Doors – The War Orphans Project
After the war, a group of young Jewish orphans immigrated to Canada from the devastation of Europe as part of the War Orphans Project. Using their own words and artifacts, this virtual exhibit tells the story of the orphans’ courage and resilience and of the tireless efforts of the people who helped them. reaches millions of teachers, students and people worldwide each year. This site is part of the curriculum of many institutions, accessed by grade schools, high schools, and undergraduate and graduate programs. One of the special projects they’ve created is the Virtual Tour of Auschwitz, done with and at the Auschwitz Museum, a unique project utilizing 360º, moving photos of the main camp at Auschwitz.

Stories that Move. Toolbox against discrimination
The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) supports development of these online teaching materials. The project consists of a multi-lingual website, easily accessible on the internet, where young people can learn about antisemitism, racism, discrimination, hate speech and inclusion. Equally important, the toolbox is a valuable practical tool for educators who can utilize it to set up digital classrooms thus creating the environment for a constructive debate on these issues.

Sudan Research, Analysis and Advocacy by Eric Reeves
Eric Reeves, Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, has spent the past eighteen years working virtually full-time as a Sudan researcher and analyst, publishing extensively both in the US and internationally. He has testified several times before the Congress, has lectured widely in academic settings, and has served as a consultant to a number of human rights and humanitarian organizations operating in Sudan. Working independently, Dr. Reeves has written on all aspects of Sudan’s recent history. His work on this website is organized chronologically, and includes all electronic and other publications since the signing of the historic Machakos Protocol (July 2002), which guaranteed South Sudan the right to a self- determination referendum. There are links to a number of Dr. Reeves’ formal publications in newspapers, news magazines, academic journals, and human rights publications, as well as to the texts of his Congressional testimony and a complete list of publications, testimony, and academic presentations.

Survivors Fund (SURF)
Founded by Mary Kayitesi Blewitt OBE, a British citizen of Rwandan origin who lost over 50 members of her family in the genocide, SURF helps rebuild the lives of survivors of the Rwandan genocide. Working with local teachers, SURF has produced lesson plans that supplement their free education packets. The complete set of lesson plans, are available for download on their website and are organized by topic.

Teacher’s Guide to the Holocaust – University of South Florida
Produced by the Florida Center for Instructional Technology in the College of Education at the University of South Florida, this site provides an impressive and comprehensive overview of the people and events of the Holocaust through photographs, documents, art, music, movies and literature that educators can readily download.

Telling Their Stories
This is an ongoing, ever-changing, and constantly evolving project involving dozens of students, teachers and community volunteers. High school students at the Urban School of San Francisco conduct and film interviews with Bay Area Holocaust survivors in their homes. Students then transcribe each 2-plus hour interview, create hundreds of movie files associated with each transcript, and then post the full-text, full-video interviews on this public website as a service to a world-wide audience interested in Holocaust studies.

Tennessee Holocaust Commission
The Tennessee Holocaust Commission provides a variety of educational materials and resources that educators will find valuable, including lesson plans and an Adult Education Curriculum.

UCL Centre for Holocaust Education – University College London
Established in 2008, the UCL Centre for Holocaust Education aims to provide teachers with the tools to address Holocaust education in their classrooms at all stages of their careers. The Centre website’s Teachers Resources page provides open-access to 20 lesson plans.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Resources for Educators
The Museum promotes the responsible teaching of the Holocaust through the following diverse resources and programs:

  • Teaching about the Holocaust Guide
  • Lesson plans that explore specific historical themes and complement the Museum’s exhibitions and resources
  • Teaching materials that focus a variety of topics such as Antisemitism, Nazi Ideology,  and Genocide Prevention; and free online workshops

University of South Florida (USF) Libraries Digital Collections & Oral Histories
The USF Libraries Oral History Program, in coordination with the Holocaust and Genocide Studies Center, provides access to oral history testimonies that look to the past in order to understand the causes of mass violence, treat its effects on victims and to help prevent future atrocities. The site’s collections include:

  • Rwandan Youth & Children’s Testimonies
  • Concentration Camp Liberators Oral History Project
  • Holocaust Survivors Oral History Project 
  • Asaba Memorial Oral History Project
  • Waging Peace Darfuri Children’s Drawings 

Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre (VHEC)
VHEC is an institution centered on anti-racism based Holocaust education. Educators can access online exhibits and multimedia tools; a general resource, which contains guidelines for teaching about the Holocaust; and teacher’s guides that complement VHEC exhibits and support classroom learning.

Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism (SICSA)
Affiliated with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, SISCA  is as an interdisciplinary research center devoted to the independent, non-political accumulation and dissemination of materials related to antisemitism. SICSA provides free access to their numerous publications, such as book-length studies, collections of papers presented at conferences, occasional papers and their ACTA series, an annual report from a special SICSA research unit that provides in-depth analysis of current trends in anti-Semitism.

Visual History Archive Online – USC Shoah Foundation
This repository allows visitors to search through and view more than 54,000 video testimonies of survivors and witnesses of genocide. Initially a repository of Holocaust testimony, the Visual History Archive has expanded to include testimonies from the Armenian Genocide, the 1937 Nanjing Massacre in China and the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.

Voices of the Holocaust – British Library
Voices of the Holocaust consists of oral history testimonies gathered from Jewish men and women who came to live in Britain during or after WWII. These testimonies are personal, individual, true stories that describe the hardships of life during Hitler’s reign. Educators can access more than 1,800 recordings.

Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive – University of Michigan
This online repository of Holocaust survivor oral histories connects listeners with the voices of survivors; provides a curriculum for teachers looking for resources to teach the Holocaust; and offers in-class presentations and workshops for middle and high school students.

Wiener Library
The Wiener Library, the world’s oldest archive on the Holocaust and the Nazi era, has a collection of audio and audio-visual material, mostly consisting of interviews with former refugees and survivors, but also including some films and documentaries and recordings of past Wiener Library lectures. The Library hold two notable audio-visual collections of interest: The Girls, a collection of 14 video interviews comprising the oral history testimonies of female, orphaned and child concentration camp survivors who came to the UK after the war, and Rwanda Testimonies, a collection of ten video by survivors of the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

The Wiener Library also manages the website, The Holocaust Explained, which aims to help learners understand the essential facts of the Holocaust, its causes and its consequences. The website includes hundreds of pages of content based on a wide variety of source material in the form of videos, images and text.

World Federation of Jewish Child Survivors of the Holocaust and Descendants
One of the objectives of this organization is to keep alive the memory of the six million Jews – including the 1.5 million children – who were murdered during the Holocaust and to pass on their legacy to future generations. One of the ways they pursue this objective is by telling stories of their survival. Educators can read various first-hand accounts from child survivors, contact the survivor in person and learn how to prepare a class to meet a Holocaust survivor on the Federation’s website.

Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies
The International School for Holocaust Studies conducts educational programs and produces educational materials for a variety of target populations and educational organizations in Israel and abroad. The Institute’s website provides access to a variety of online education materials including: online courses, lesson plans, and guides for ceremonies and educational activities that offer a wide range of topics related to teaching and learning about the Holocaust, such as  texts, testimonies, diary entries, poetry and prayers.