Holocaust Remembrance Day

Holocaust
  • International Holocaust Remembrance Day is January 27th.

    Here are some resources for International Holocaust Remembrance Day, observed on January 27th. Each resource includes a little bit more detail and direct links that will take you straight to specific activities.

    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum - This website is geared towards secondary Social Studies grade levels, however, many items can be adjusted for grades 3-5. 

    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Teacher Resources - scroll down to the orange section to find Teaching Materials by Topics (not just Holocaust materials!!), Holocaust Lesson Plans, Online Tools for Learning and Teaching, Videos for Classroom Use, Poster Sets, and even Professional Learning for Educators.

     

Appropriate for All Grade Levels

  • Virtual Field Trip - The Holocaust: History and Memory allows students to virtually experience the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. The virtual field trip includes nine different scenes from the Museum, including our permanent exhibition. 

    National ArchivesThis website contains links to primary sources, focusing on U.S. Immigration and the refugee policy during WWII. It is geared towards secondary Social Studies grade levels, but lessons on primary and secondary sources can also be applied using these resources for grades K-5.

    Victim Identification Cards - these can be searched and sorted by children, women, men, or by last name. 

    • One quick and simple lesson idea for 3-12 is to have a student select one ID card, learn about an individual impacted directly by the Holocaust, and create a one-pager (HEY AVID HEY!) on the person to share with the class. 

    • Names List of Victims of the Holocaust  


Elementary Resources

  • Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (Primary) - Our HMD education guidelines for teachers cover age appropriate ways to introduce and discuss the Holocaust and genocide in schools. We recommend that only children aged eight years or more should take part in your HMD activity. Includes: 

    • Assembly Resources and Slideshow 

    • Creative Activities 

    • Hands-on Resources  

    • Easy to Read Life Stories 


Secondary Resources


Online Resources

  • Virtual Field Trip - The Holocaust: History and Memory allows students to virtually experience the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. The virtual field trip includes nine different scenes from the Museum, including our permanent exhibition.

    Timeline Activity - This Timeline Activity integrates personal stories, Nazi laws and decrees, and key historical events to examine how and why the Holocaust happened. 

    History of Antisemitism and the Holocaust - This lesson focuses on the history of antisemitism and its role in the Holocaust to better understand how prejudice and hate speech can contribute to violence, mass atrocity, and genocide. Learning about the origins of hatred and prejudice encourages students to think critically about antisemitism today. 

    Nazi Racism - Racism fueled Nazi ideology and politics. To critically analyze actions taken by Nazi Germany and its collaborators requires an understanding of the concept of racism in general and Nazi racial antisemitism in particular. 

    Pre-World War II Jewish Life - In order to better understand what Jewish cultural and communal life was like in Europe before World War II, students search the Museum’s digital archive collections, select photographs depicting pre-war Jewish life in Europe, analyze them, and research the town(s) where the photos were taken. 

    Teaching with Holocaust Survivor Testimony - Students will examine Holocaust survivor testimonies as both personal memories and as deliberately-created historical records, and will evaluate how the Holocaust affected the lives of individuals, as well as the role of memory in our understanding of history.