Echoes and Reflections: Courses by Echoes and Reflections (sponsored by the Anti Defamation League, Yad Vashem and the USC Shoah Foundation) are free of charge. Echoes & Reflections empowers middle and high school educators with dynamic classroom materials and professional development. Offered and listed on their website is a powerfully-packed schedule of free year-round webinars, online courses, and in-person programs and other resources to help educators gain the skills, knowledge, and confidence to effectively teach students about the holocaust. For information, see echoesandreflections.org.
NC Council on the Holocaust: Manyresources, including traveling exhibits, traveling plays, Holocaust survivor speakers, and the annual state Holocaust Commemoration. Newsletter: https://ncholocaustcouncilworkshops.org/nc-holocaust-council-newsletter/
Here is a powerful article written by a social studies teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL who is a survivor of the 2/14/18 shooting at her school. She reflects on the importance of Holocaust education in schools, "Learning about the Holocaust empowers us with the insight needed to question the past and the foresight to impact the future. Echoes & Reflections believes that through the study of the Holocaust, students can grow as responsible citizens and develop critical thinking, empathy and social justice skills for the future. My students have already exemplified that in the aftermath of this tragedy, and I’m so proud of their perseverance." The Parkland massacre reminds us of the importance of Holocaust education
A Passover Haggadahfocusing on the Holocaust has been written by Rabbi Bernhardt Rosenberg. The rabbi, born in a displaced persons camp to Polish Holocaust survivors wrote this tribute to the victims and survivors as a reminder to post Holocaust generations to keep the memory of that experience alive. The message of the Haggadah is simple, Rabbi Rosenberg said: "If you want to fight against anti-Semitism, if you want to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive, you have to keep retelling the story." Visit this website for more information: http://holocausthaggadah.com/uploads/Rosenberg_Holocaust_Haggadah_updated.pdf
Video footage of 2018 Durham-Chapel Hill Holocaust Commemoration
presented by Jewish Sparks https://vimeo.com/266520921
The yearly Chapel Hill/Durham Community Holocaust Memorial Service was held at Judea Reform on April 25, 2018. At this service, the Personal Story of Suly Chenkin, a Holocaust survivor, was presented together with the honoring of all of the Holocaust victims.
Video footage of A Historic Evening with Eva Schloss - stepsister of Anne Frank
presented by Jewish Sparks https://vimeo.com/262664177
On March 5th, an overflowing audience at Duke University was treated to the life story of Eva Schloss (stepsister of Anne Frank). Her story transversed her pleasant childhood to the horrors of the Holocaust and horrific conditions of Auschwitz.
2018 Durham-Chapel Hill Holocaust Commemoration A Historic Evening with Eva Schloss - stepsister of Anne Frank
Holocaust to Hope; A Story of Survival by CJ Poran
The son of 2 Holocaust survivors, CJ Poran shares his family's heroic story with meticulously researched details, including personal photographs and maps. Click here to read his memoir.
Coursera offers three free online courses on the Holocaust, including:
Save Their Stories: The Undiscovered Diaries of the Holocaust Project of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to rescue the evidence of the Holocaust to ensure the voices of survivors and victims live on for perpetuity.Every firsthand record of the Holocaust has an important story to tell, of suffering and strength, persecution and perseverance. Victims’ experiences have the potential to reveal a new aspect of Holocaust history or highlight its relevance to the world today
A Guide to the Holocaust (pdf)
USHMM film: The Path to Nazi Genocide (online video).
NOTE: This film is intended for adult viewers, but selected segments may be appropriate for younger audiences.
Using rare historical footage, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has produced a concise,
informative overview of the Holocaust. Educators are encouraged to begin their Holocaust unit with the film.
Be an Agent of Change flyer (pdf)
Antisemitism on College Campuses (youtube video)
20 Photos that Change the Holocaust Narrative (html link)
Deadly Medicine (website). Created by NC Educator Karen Klaich, the site focuses on the medical aspect
of the Holocaust and the American eugenics programs and offers historical timelines, videos and photographs,
and learning activities.
The Holocaust and World War II Timeline (link to USHMM website)
Teaching Resources on the Holocaust (link to USHMM website), including activities, lesson plans, and films, such as "The Path to Nazi Genocide", which offers a concise overview of the Holocaust and what made it possible.
The Rage to Live: The International D.P. Children's Center Kloster Indersdorf 1945–1946 (video link) A video on the history of the UNRRA Children's Center at Indersdorf. Details the lives of young survivors and their path back to 'normal' living.
Child Holocaust Diarists and Artists - Part I: Commemorating Anne Frank (PDF article with images)
Child Holocaust Diarists and Artists - Part IIDescriptions & drawings by other children who contributed memorable records of their lives during the Shoah.
(PDF article with images)
Viral: Antisemitism in Four Mutations https://www.pbs.org/show/viral-antisemitism-four-mutations/
Frontline: The Last Survivors https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/the-last-survivors/
The U.S. and the Holocaust:A documentary by Ken Burns, Lynn Novick and Sarah Botstein- The U.S. and the Holocaust is a three-part, six hour series that examines America’s response to one of the greatest humanitarian crises of the twentieth century. Americans consider themselves a “nation of immigrants,” but as the catastrophe of the Holocaust unfolded in Europe, the United States proved unwilling to open its doors to more than a fraction of the hundreds of thousands of desperate people seeking refuge. Through riveting firsthand testimony of witnesses and survivors who as children endured persecution, violence and flight as their families tried to escape Hitler, this series delves deeply into the tragic human consequences of public indifference, bureaucratic red tape and restrictive quota laws in America. Did the nation fail to live up to its ideals? This is a history to be reckoned with.
PBS NC U.S. and the Holocaust Educator Resource Guide: downloadable PDF including links & resources from PBS and others.)
WWII Reenactment Documentary Playing Soldier follows the exploits of six very different people who may never have met each other if it weren't for their strange, shared hobby...World War II reenacting. Each dons vintage uniforms and relives someone else's war. Inevitably, conflicts ensue.To view the trailer, visit:
To purchase a copy of the documentary ($20) please contact Ed Gendron, Director and Producer, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Modern Maccabees: UK exhibit highlights Jews’ overlooked resistance to the Nazis: Display at London’s Wiener Holocaust Library reveals often underestimate rescue efforts and armed uprisings, as Jews fought back against their persecutors:
Women Holocaust Survivors That Called North Carolina Home:Word document with links to video and audio testimonies, art exhibits, magazine & newspaper articles, theatre productions, & more from various organizations.
The U.S. and the Holocaust: A documentary by Ken Burns, Lynn Novick and Sarah Botstein- The U.S. and the Holocaust is a three-part, six hour series that examines America’s response to one of the greatest humanitarian crises of the twentieth century. Americans consider themselves a “nation of immigrants,” but as the catastrophe of the Holocaust unfolded in Europe, the United States proved unwilling to open its doors to more than a fraction of the hundreds of thousands of desperate people seeking refuge. Through riveting firsthand testimony of witnesses and survivors who as children endured persecution, violence and flight as their families tried to escape Hitler, this series delves deeply into the tragic human consequences of public indifference, bureaucratic red tape and restrictive quota laws in America. Did the nation fail to live up to its ideals? This is a history to be reckoned with.
A video on the destruction of the Ghetto: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ot37JrP9J2E
Leon Uris' historical fiction about the Ghetto, Mila 18: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mila_18
Ringlebaum Archives: http://www.yadvashem.org/yv/en/exhibitions/ringelbum/photos_documents_diaries.asp (for pictures of what was found in the milk cans)
The Museum of Jewish-Polish History which was recently opened on the site of the Warsaw Ghetto: http://www.polin.pl/en
Samuel Kassow, a 2-G, has written a book on the archives written and collected by Ringelblum. http://www.yadvashem.org/yv/en/education/books/who_will_write.asp
Heeling our World: One Shoe at a Time(video): Students at Beaufort Middle School in North Carolina, USA made shoes for barefoot children in Mozambique.
The Worst Atrocity You've Never Heard Of (New York Times video and links to articles): Ethnic cleansing unfolding in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan.