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Teaching about the Holocaust

This online workshop includes video segments from a workshop presented in Baltimore, Maryland. The guidelines and methodological suggestions in these video segments are at the core of every teacher workshop and conference presented by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. They are offered here for teachers who are unable to attend a professional development program presented by the Museum. In addition to video of the actual workshop session, segments include historical and artifact photographs, text, and links to related sites within the Museum’s website.

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Topics to Teach

Overview

The Museum has identified topic areas for you to consider while planning a course of study on the Holocaust.

We recommend that you introduce your students to these topics listed below even if you have limited time to teach about the Holocaust. An introduction to the topic areas is essential for providing students with a sense of the breadth of the history of the Holocaust.

Download the list of topics to teach (PDF).

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In addition to these core topic areas, we recommend that, in your courses, you provide context for the events of the Holocaust by including information about antisemitism, Jewish life in Europe before the Holocaust, the aftermath of World War I, and the Nazi rise to power.

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1933—1939

1939—1945

Post 1945

For your reference, the topics below link to articles in the Holocaust Encyclopedia.

Postwar Trials 

Displaced Persons Camps 

Emigration