These lesson plans introduce key concepts and information to students. Grounded in historical context, the lessons utilize primary source materials from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's collections.
Overview of the Holocaust
Organized around a Museum-produced 38-minute documentary, The Path to Nazi Genocide, these materials and discussion questions provide students with an introduction to the history of the Holocaust.
This lesson is structured around a multi-layered wall timeline that encourages critical thinking about the relationship between Nazi policy, World War II, historical events, and individual experiences during the Holocaust.
Categories of Timeline Cards
- Years (1933–1945 PDF)
- Individual Profile Cards (Profile Cards PDF)
- Laws and Decrees (Laws and Decrees PDF)
- Historical Events (Historical Events PDF)
Holocaust Encyclopedia Articles
The following related articles contain critical learning questions that can be used when discussing article content with students.
History of Antisemitism and the Holocaust
This lesson focuses on the history of antisemitism and its role in the Holocaust to better understand how prejudice and hate speech can contribute to violence, mass atrocity, and genocide. Learning about the origins of hatred and prejudice encourages students to think critically about antisemitism today.
Teaching Using Survivor Testimony
Incorporating survivor testimony personalizes the history, emphasizes its impact on individuals, and highlights the diversity of individual experiences. This lesson includes survivor testimony from the Museum’s collection that helps illustrate and personalize the lessons of the Holocaust.