The Center for Holocaust, Genocide, and 

Human Rights ​Education of North Carolina 

Holocaust Speakers Bureau 

Holocaust organizations

The Anne Frank Center
Founded in 1977, this non-profit organization is dedicated to promoting the lessons learned from the diaries and spirit of Anne Frank. The Anne Frank Center delivers a universal message of tolerance by developing and disseminating a variety of educational programs, including exhibitions, workshops, and special events. Since its initial publication in 1947, Anne Frank's diary has become one of the most powerful memoirs and it is often mentioned in the introduction to the history of the Holocaust. 

The Anti-Defamation League

​​The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 "to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all." Now the nation's premier civil rights/human relations agency, ADL fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all.

Association of Holocaust Organizations

Established in 1985, The Association of Holocaust Organizations serves as a network of organizations and individuals for the advancement of Holocaust programming, awareness, education and research. The Members directory is available online and lists organizations and resources by state. It is also published annually and distributed, free of charge, to all organizations and individuals who can make use of the information which it contains. Traveling exhibits are available. 

Carolina Center for Jewish Studies

Established in 2003, the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill unites the general public, students and faculty from various academic disciplines who share a common passion for a deeper understanding of Jewish history, culture and thought.

Center for Jewish Studies, Duke University

​The Center for Jewish Studies is an exciting inter­departmental program that offers courses including Religion, Political Science, History, Cultural Anthropology, Comparative Literature, Hebrew Language and Literature, Women's Studies, Germanic languages, and more. The Center offers students the flexibility to design a curriculum that meets their individual interests. The Center sponsors a wide variety of cultural events and is committed to interdisciplinary engagement in a global academic community.

David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies
The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies teaches the history and lessons of America’s response to the Holocaust, through scholarly research, public events, publications, and educational programs. 

Facing History and Ourselves
Founded in 1976, this is an international educational and professional development nonprofit organization whose mission is to engage students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice, and anti-Semitism in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry. By studying the historical development of the Holocaust and other examples of genocide, students make the essential connection between history and the moral choices they confront in their own lives. 

Generations of the Shoah International
A worldwide network of children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors, linked together with the common goals of preserving and honoring our legacy, sharing resources and programming ideas, providing emotional support to its members, and tackling issues of mutual interest. Conferences, support networks, education, lectures, books, films and exhibits pertaining to the subject of the Holocaust are available.

The Ghetto Fighters’ House

The Ghetto Fighters’ House was established in 1949 by Holocaust survivors, among them survivors of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, and is among the first museums of its kind. The museum’s archive is the first Holocaust archive in Israel, and one of the first worldwide, with 2.5 million items. Since its inception, the museum’s founders, sought to tell the story of the Holocaust, focusing on Jewish resistance in all its forms, moral choices, and the triumph of the human spirit, while fostering humanism and democratic values. The vision of the founders, members and leaders of the Dror youth movement, is as relevant today as ever.

Holocaust Remembrance Foundation
Dedicated to preserving the memory of the Holocaust. Provides students of Holocaust education programs with a Zachor (“Remember”) pin. 

International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance
The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) is an intergovernmental body whose purpose is to place political and social leaders’ support behind the need for Holocaust education, remembrance and research both nationally and internationally.

The Jewish Foundation For the Righteous

The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous (JFR) provides high quality, academic opportunities for educators to advance their knowledge of the history of the Holocaust. Through academic seminars and institutes, middle and high school teachers and Holocaust center staff have the opportunity to learn from world-class scholars in the field of Holocaust studies and to exchange pedagogical strategies with fellow educators.  JFR seminars and institutes aim to educate about Holocaust history both comprehensively and in depth.

The European Study Program offers participants an intensive educational experience. The first European Study Program was held in July 2003 and the second in 2004. The JFR then decided to offer the program every other year. Participation is open to Alfred Lerner Fellows who have been nominated by their local Holocaust center. The two-week program, which is limited to twenty Lerner Fellows, includes visits to concentration camps, ghetto sites, and meetings with survivors, rescuers, local historians, and teachers. Robert Jan van Pelt is the accompanying scholar for the European Study Program. Participants are expected to complete required readings prior to the start of the program. The journey ends in Auschwitz, where the group spends four days visiting Auschwitz and Birkenau and examining documents in the archives. Participants have the opportunity to review what they learned during their time in Germany and Poland. The program allows the group to discuss approaches to teaching the Holocaust and to reflect on their experience before departing for home. While there is a participant fee, the JFR provides a significant subsidy for each participant.

Contact JFR for information about the 2022 trip.

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Jewish Heritage North Carolina

JHNC provides educational opportunities to explore 400 years of Jewish life and history across the state and creates experiences that foster identity, diversity, and acceptance. Programming includes lectures about Jewish life in NC (including Holocaust related topics), online exhibitions,  hands-on-history activities perfect for families and classrooms! Email for more info or visit

Jewish Sparks

Jewish Sparks is both a public access television program broadcast in Raleigh, Carrboro, Chapel Hill and Durham, NC, and an informational and educational web-site. Jewish Sparks presents information, primarily in video form, of interviews and recordings of Jewish scholars, important Jewish leaders, and major Jewish educational events. Our goal is to promote a better understanding of key Jewish concepts and issues within both the Jewish and non-Jewish communities

North Carolina Council on the Holocaust
The North Carolina Council on the Holocaust, an agency of the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, provides teacher workshops and educational resources across the state, including an online teaching guide and information on traveling exhibits and plays, lending libraries, and the annual state Holocaust commemoration.

Simon Wiesenthal Center
As an international Jewish human rights organization, the Simon Wiesenthal Center focuses on education and activism by confronting anti-Semitism, hate and terrorism, promoting human rights and dignity, and teaching the lessons of the Holocaust for future generations. The center features a collection of over 100 short biographies and photos called "Children of the Holocaust," as well as 50 topical bibliographies related to the Holocaust, assorted fact sheets, and current news items that may be of interest to those teaching or learning about the Holocaust.

USC Shoah Foundation

Dedicated to making audio-visual interviews with survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust and other genocides a compelling voice for education and action.

U.S. Holocaust Museum
Information about hosting a Holocaust Remembrance activity. Also, the Museum has many resources for teachers striving to help students learn the history of the Holocaust and reflect upon the moral and ethical questions raised by that history. The Museum hosts programs specifically designed for teachers which explore the content, methodologies, and rationales for teaching the history of the Holocaust; increase teachers' knowledge of the Holocaust; and examine contemporary issues associated with this history. Significant time is devoted to teaching practice.

Yad Vashem
Established in 1953 as the world center for documentation, research, education and commemoration of the Holocaust, Yad Vashem is today a dynamic and vital place of intergenerational and international encounter. For over half a century, Yad Vashem has been committed to four pillars of remembrance: Commemoration, Documentation, Research, and Education.

If your family came from one of the nine towns identified below, you might be interested in Yad Vashem's Featured Communities website, which describes the Jewish history of each towns, outlines the events leading up to and during the Holocaust, and includes oral testimonies of survivors. The towns are:

  • Chelm, Poland
  • Dabrowa Gornicza, Poland
  • Ioannina, Greece
  • Nieswiez, Belarus
  • Piotrkow Trybunalski, Poland
  • Regensburg, Germany
  • Siauliai, Lithuania
  • Szydlowiec, Poland
  • Wiesbaden, Germany

You can also go to Shoah Connect, a helpful search tool when looking for Holocaust survivors in the Yad Vashem database.

Zachor Holocaust Curriculum

The ZACHOR Holocaust Curriculum was developed and is facilitated by Holocaust survivor, Ben Lesser. The free curriculum and interactive teaching tool includes six turnkey lesson plans along with videos, historical photography, personal anecdotes, a  timeline, various student activities, dialogue prompts and a virtual interaction with Ben Lesser. ZHC is available immediately via to school districts, schools, teachers, students and history enthusiasts.