In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Week 2023, ADL invites you to explore and share the following educational resources, including video and film resources for anyone who wants to learn more. Thanks to Todd Hennessey, director of Colorado Holocaust Educators for his partnership in helping to compile this resource list.
ADL also thanks our generous supporters for sponsoring this year’s Governor’s Holocaust Remembrance Program:
The Curtiss-Lusher Family
Michael and Debbie Feiner and the Feiner Family Foundation
The M.B. Glassman Foundation
MDC / Richmond American Homes Foundation
University of Denver
Five Colorado Holocaust Survivors answered the question: what do we still have to learn today from the lessons of the Holocaust? Listen to their message here.
Holocaust Denial Resources – NEW from ADL
Today is Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. Incredibly, there are still many who deny that the Holocaust even happened, or say that Jews are exaggerating its impact. Visit ADL’s Holocaust Denial landing page to learn more and respond.
Films About the Holocaust for Middle and High School Students
Five Go-To Films for Teaching the Holocaust to Middle and High School Students
- “One Survivor Remembers; Gerda Weissman Klein”
This film offers one of the best survivor accounts available by taking the viewer on Gerda’s journey from the invasion of Poland to liberation. The full video has recently been made available by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) via a recent agreement with HBO. Classroom resources are available here.
- “Path to Nazi Genocide”
A USHMM video, highly recommended for both educators and with additional context on the meaning behind the Holocaust (1933-1945) and the Final Solution (1941-1945) would be appropriate for students. Links at the bottom of the USHMM web page offer additional educational material.
- “A Film Unfinished”
This film offers a unique perspective on Nazi ghettos and Nazi Propaganda. Appropriate for educators, and with additional context for both ghettos and propaganda would be appropriate for older high school students. Discussion questions and lesson plans available here.
- “Prosecuting Evil”
A powerful film on the horrors of the Nazi regime, the Nuremberg Trials, and the contemporary connection. The protagonist was one of the attorneys representing the United States at the Nuremberg Trials. A Q&A with the director is available here.
A major Hollywood movie that focuses specifically on Jewish Resistance during the Holocaust. Recommended for educators and, with context provided first, for students. The Jewish Partisan Education Foundation has resources to accompany the movie as well as a number of other excellent resources. NOTE: This movie is rated R and is only appropriate for older students.
- The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has produced a powerful film, The Path to Nazi Genocide, that is not only an excellent resource for history teachers but can be used for engaging and thought-provoking cross-curricular lessons. Stream it online or get a free copy of the DVD here.
Survivor Video Accounts
Each of the Survivors featured here has been invited to participate as a keynote speaker at ADL’s Governor’s Holocaust Remembrance Program during the past several years.
Note: Righteous Among the Nations presentation at approximate 30 minute mark; Margit Meissner keynote at approximately 1 hour mark.
Additional Resources for Educators and Families
This video toolbox offers reflection and discussion questions for educators to use with students prior to and following film viewing. Echoes and Reflections also has copious other materials, including webinars for teachers and more. Visit Echoes and Reflections here.
An oral film project and curriculum that was created by award-winning educator Tova Fish-Rosenberg. This series of videos captures a traditional Middle/High School classroom where students learn about the Holocaust through reading books, listening to lectures, or watching documentary footage of individuals they will never meet. The “Names, Not Numbers” curriculum, transforms traditional history lessons into a lively, interactive, nontraditional program that involves individuals who have actually lived through the history being taught.
From “why didn’t ordinary Germans protest Hitler’s actions?” to “why were Jews hated so much?” this list of questions and answers will be invaluable to educators having conversations about the Holocaust with students of all ages, but particularly middle and high school age students.
Yad Vashem: The World Holocaust Remembrance Center offers an unprecedented array of educational materials including educational videos, survivor testimonies, historical videos and more. A new online exhibition of artifacts related to liberation is available to view here.
This issue of Curriculum Connections provides a lesson plan for middle and high school students, based on the life of a hidden child of the Holocaust, and resources that draw upon individual stories of loss, survival and rescue to raise student awareness about the Holocaust and increase their commitment to moral decision-making and to the role of the individual in combating bias and hate.
This issue of Curriculum Connections designed for high school students explores what the world has done to achieve the ideal of “never again” and why these efforts have fallen short of averting atrocities in places such as Rwanda and the Sudan.
This discussion guide recounts the war-time experiences of three child survivors. These survivors speak for their friends and siblings—the one-and-a-half million children who were murdered during the Holocaust. The stories of the survivors are resources and activities for middle and high school students that will help in increasing their awareness of the Holocaust and how it affected the children.
Additional Holocaust Resources
In conjunction with ADL’s focus on Holocaust remembrance and education, we would like to highlight an evolving collection of resources for parents, educators and community members.
The US Holocaust Memorial Museum (ushmm.org) contains a trove of resources for learning about the Holocaust and other genocides. Visit the landing page here https://www.ushmm.org/learn as well as these other resources:
- What is Genocide? From the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. https://www.ushmm.org/genocide-prevention/learn-about-genocide-and-other-mass-atrocities/what-is-genocide
- Online Exhibitions from the US Holocaust Memorial Museum: https://www.ushmm.org/information/exhibitions/online-exhibitions