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Teaching About the Holocaust Online

Resources for Distance Learning


The following resources were created to assist educators using distance learning platforms to teach about the Holocaust. Learn more about the Museum’s online tools for learning and teaching.

Online Lesson Plans

Diaries as Historical Sources

Students study examples of diaries written by young people during the Holocaust, particularly examining the ways in which Anne Frank, the most famous diarist of the Holocaust, thought about her audience while writing.

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The Holocaust: History and Memory

In this lesson, students engage in a virtual field trip to explore how the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum preserves and presents Holocaust history.

This lesson was adapted from an activity created in conjunction with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.

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Nazi Racism

Racism fueled Nazi ideology and politics. To critically analyze actions taken by Nazi Germany and its collaborators requires an understanding of the concept of racism in general and Nazi racial antisemitism in particular. This lesson includes a modification for online instruction.

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Rescue and Survival in Hiding

This lesson focuses on the role that everyday objects play in our understanding of historical events. 

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Resistance During the Holocaust

Students learn the various forms of resistance during the Holocaust and explore examples from 1933–45.

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Additional Resources

Americans and the Holocaust Tour and Viewing Guide

This viewing guide accompanies a 39-minute tour of Americans and the Holocaust led by exhibition curator Dr. Daniel Greene. It includes reflection questions to consider while watching the tour and concluding writing prompts.

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Bibliography and Videography

This bibliography provides examples for the secondary school level that meet the Museum’s rubric criteria. It includes diaries, memoirs, secondary sources, literature, graphic novels, and films.

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Path to Nazi Genocide Viewing Guide

Organized around a Museum-produced 38-minute documentary, The Path to Nazi Genocide, this worksheet provides students with an introduction to the history of the Holocaust.

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