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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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Before You Start Teaching

“You have difficult decisions to make. So you have to go back to a clear, well-formed rationale ...”

“The Holocaust is a major event in world history ... this is the baseline for all of us ... what are some things you want your kids to leave the classroom with?”

“... it illustrates (the terrible example of) where prejudice starts and where it can lead, and all the steps along the way.”

“The largest group in the world at that time, you could argue, were the bystanders.”

“... kids are surprised to find out that this was a democratic government.”

“The Holocaust is full of stories that illustrate the great highs and lows of human nature ...”

Further Discussion

For a further discussion of rationale, please read: Questions of Rationale from Teaching About the Holocaust: A Resource Guide for Educators.

Supporting Media

  • Danish fishermen (foreground) ferry a boatload of Jewish fugitives across a narrow sound to neutral Sweden. —Frihedsmuseet

  • View of the defendants in the dock at the International Military Tribunal during the trial of war criminals at Nuremberg. —US Holocaust Memorial Museum

  • Spectators look on as German police and men presumed to be members of an Einsatzkommando (mobile killing unit) execute men standing in a trench. The sand indicates that this photograph may show an action carried out along the coast of the Baltic Sea. —Dokumentationsarchiv des Oesterreichischen Widerstandes

  • Cover of the antisemitic German children's book, Der Giftpilz (The Poisonous Mushroom) —US Holocaust Memorial Museum

  • Local residents watch the burning of the ceremonial hall at the Jewish cemetery in Graz. —National Archives

  • A canister of Zyklon B gas crystals lies overturned on a table with some of its contents spilled. —Archiwum Panstwowego Muzeum na Majdanku

  • Male Jews who were arrested during Kristallnacht and forced to march through the town streets under SS guard to watch the desecration of a synagogue. They were then deported. —Bildarchiv Preussischer Kulturbesitz

  • Passport photograph of Raoul Wallenberg. —US Holocaust Memorial Museum

  • Side view of the Danish rescue boat on the second floor of the Permanent Exhibition at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. —US Holocaust Memorial Museum

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