Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah)

The sites below provide resources to help your students understand the large-scale atrocity of the Holocaust, including the people who were affected and involved. Since the subject matter is fundamentally disturbing, individual teachers must decide which material is appropriate for their students. To help you in that effort, we have listed high-quality sites that do not contain photos of violence or dead victims.

For guidelines for teaching about the Holocaust, plus links to additional related lesson plans, teacher guides, and information, see Holocaust Resources. We also have lesson plans for three outstanding books: Number the Stars (grades 3-8), Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl (grades 4-8), and Milkweed (grades 5-12).

Holocaust Facts/Q&A
Museum of Tolerance

Holocaust Facts/Q&A

Facts from Infoplease.com
Encyclopedia entry on the Holocaust
Grade Level: All

War Crimes Description and Nuremberg
Encyclopedia Entry
Grade Level: All

Educators' Page
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum gives a brief overview of events which led to the Holocaust, the acts of the Nazi's, and the world reaction in the 30s and 40s.
Grade Level: All

36 Common Questions
Provides list of questions and answers. You'll probably get some of these questions from your students.
Grade Level: All


Timeline of the Holocaust
From Hitler's appointment to Chancellor of Germany through the Nuremberg War Crimes Trial
Grade Level: Middle, Secondary

Museum of Tolerance

Courage to Remember - Highly Recommended
Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Museum of Tolerance are an international center for Holocaust remembrance, the defense of human rights and the Jewish people. The Courage to Remember offers insights into the Holocaust through a mixture of descriptions, quotes, and photos from the period and of artifacts. Select from the full index or from our list below. The individual selections we made from the index cover a broad set of Holocaust topics and exclude photos of death.
Grade Level: Middle, Secondary

Full Index - Note: Some items from this full index may be disturbing for some students.

Selections from the Courage to Remember Index
1933: German Jewish Life Before The Nazis
The Nightmare Begins: Hitler and the Nazis
Kristallnacht: The Night of Broken Glass
Racial Purity
Nazi attacks on Gypsies and the handicapped.
All Necessary Preparations
Includes pictures of the yellow stars which the Jews were forced to wear.
Mass Murder: 1942-1945
Transportation and arrival in camps.
A righteous few: Surviving in Hiding and Rescue
Describes the courage of individuals.
Crimes Against Humanity: Nazis on Trial


Paper Clip Project
A Tennessee middle school is collecting 6 million paper clips to represent the 6 million who died in the Holocaust. Your class can send a contribution of paper clips to help the school reach its goal.
Grade Level: All
Learn about the history of this project:

Paper Clips (2004 Documentary)

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