Thank you to Art Shotstak, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, and Holocaust Scholar who guided my curation for this page. He is the author of the book: Stealth Altruism: Forbidden Care as Jewish Resistance in the Holocaust.
How might you use these materials? Take a look at the materials from Teach the Shoah (below) which gives excellent guidelines for teaching the Holocaust across ages and grade levels.
The middle box below is a list of organizations that cover individual and/or all genocides...or they cover information on how to provide excellent genocide education. Some of these organizational websites may have primary source material, but some may not - use them to jumpstart your thinking on how to best create the classroom materials you want.
The boxes on the sides are centered on primary source materials that might be useful for your instruction. This is a STARTER PACK and will hopefully introduce you to some sites to sget you started.
1. TELLING THEIR STORIES: ORAL HISTORY www.tellingstories.org
Retrieve over 30 hours of intergenerational interviews conducted & produced by students at the SF Urban School with eight Jewish survivors and refugees. Then check out the interviews with American soldiers who witnessed Nazi concentration camps.
2. TEACH THE SHOAH: www.teachtheshoah.org/
Use this site to gain an understanding of the changing nature of the Holocaust narrative, moving from a place of victimization to the more complex and nuanced narrative of caring, strength, and hope, Utilizing Jewish sources and stories, they offer guidance through key recommendations for presenting these lessons. Don't miss Children's Personal Albums, an exhibition highlighting the artwork and stories created by 8 Jewish children in concentration camps, in hiding, and in the ghetto.
3. WITNESS: ONE VOICE AT A TIME [USC SHOAH FOUNDATION] https://sfi.usc.edu/
Register yourself and your students for access to over 53,000 oral interviews with Holocaust survivors, browse 1,500 clips of testimony addressing over 50 topics. Plenty of teacher resources - and student tools for building video, word-clouds and other testimony based projects.
4. JEWISH PARTISAN EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION www.jewishpartisans.org
Their mission 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." Learn about the 20,000 to 30,000 European Jews who fought against the Nazis and their collaborators.
5. IWITNESS - U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum https://www.ushmm.org/
"A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity." There are educational resources, iWITNESS activites for students and so much more.
1. FACING HISTORY AND OURSELVES facinghistory.org
It's mission is "to engage 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".
2. ECHOES AND REFLECTIONS https://echoesandreflections.org
For you: lessons, webinars, on-line classes - don't miss these! For your classroom and students - check out the timeline. Primary source images are the backdrop to a year-by-year account of events during the years from 1933 -1945. Excellent for a variety of research activities and reports.
3. CENTER FOR HOLOCAUST AND GENOCIDE STUDIES: College of Liberal Arts/U.Minnesota: https://cla.umn.edu/chgs
4. ARMENIAN EDUCATION CENTER: https://armenian-educationcenter.org
5. GENOCIDE ARCHIVE RWANDA: https://genocidearchiverwanda.org.rw/index.php/Welcome_to_Genocide_Archive_Rwanda
Invite these compelling speakers to your classroom; in-person or virtually.
Watching the students as they listened to the speakers was fascinating, they leaned forward to hear, they were quiet, they were not fiddling with phones or iPads. They. Were. Listening. This kind of impact only happens when the storyteller can be seen, listened to and questioned in person. I'd say that as a teacher, I couldn't ask for anything better.
1. Interviews with a witness to the Rwandan genocide. http://tellingstories.org
2. I-WITNESS - U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum https://www.ushmm.org/
Two Spanish-language activites about the Guatemalan Genocide.
3. PROJECT SAVE: http://www.projectsave.org
Project Save is an archive for Armenian related photographs whose mission is “is to collect, document, preserve, and present the historic and modern photographic record of Armenians and Armenian heritage.”