​Title 1 or Title 1 Eligible Schools can get free books!

The North Carolina Council on the Holocaust continues working with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise, to increase educators' access to foundational books about the Holocaust. Our goal is to enable more Title 1 and Title 1 eligible educators to teach about the Holocaust in accurate and relevant ways. 

As part of this effort, First Book members are invited to receive FREE classroom sets of either Livia Bitton-Jackson's I Have Lived a Thousand Years OR Leon Leyson's The Boy on the Wooden Box. These classroom sets support learning about the Holocaust by exploring personal stories. 

I Have Lived a Thousand Years is recommended for high school students (grades 9-12). Classroom sets include 64 books.  The Boy on the Wooden Box is recommended for middle school students (grades 6-9). Classroom sets include 60 books. See below for descriptions of each book. 

Requests for the book sets began on JANUARY 9, 2024 through the First Book ( https://firstbook.org ) website. Books are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Quantities are limited so request your books now using the the codes provided below:  

I Have Lived a Thousand Years: In her memoir, Livia Bitton-Jackson describes her experiences as a young teenager during the Holocaust. When she was just 13, Hungarian authorities, collaborating with the Nazis, forced Jews in her community to move into a transit ghetto, stripping them of their property and their freedom. She recounts in powerful language her subsequent deportation to Auschwitz and the dehumanization she and her mother experienced as prisoners in Nazi camps. Livia’s unflinching account introduces readers to the stark realities and devastating effects of violence and deprivation during the Holocaust. Receive up to 64 copies of this title for free with code THOUSANDYEARS* order now: https://www.fbmarketplace.org/i-have-lived-a-thousand-years-140736

The Boy on the Wooden Box: In his memoir, Leon Leyson describes how he survived the Holocaust as a boy with the help of German businessman Oskar Schindler. Shortly before Leon's 10th birthday, Nazi Germany invaded Poland. Young Leon experienced German authorities discriminating against and terrorizing Jews in Kraków, eventually forcing his family to move into a ghetto. Leon and his family struggled to survive and ultimately began to work for Oskar Schindler, who employed Jews in his factory and saved their lives. Receive up to 60 copies of this title for free with code WOODENBOX* order now: https://www.fbmarketplace.org/the-boy-on-the-wooden-box-140735

IMPORTANT NOTE: You must teach at a Title I or Title I eligible school and be a First Book member to redeem this offer. If you are already a First Book member, you must log into your account when you order the book sets. If you are not yet a First Book member, you will be prompted to complete a member registration form before placing your order. 

If you have any questions about additional resources to support teaching about the Holocaust, please contact the North Carolina Council on the Holocaust at through their website at http://ncholocaustcouncilworkshops.org.

You can also access additional free resources on the Holocaust Museum's website at www.ushmm.org/teach. For questions about joining the First Book community of educators, please contact Member Services at help@firstbook.org or 1-866-READ-NOW.

First Book is dedicated to breaking down barriers to quality, equitable education by working with Title I eligible schools to provide free or low-cost books and resources to educators nationwide. 

As many teachers and parents depend on online resources, our Center highlights these resources for teaching the Holocaust:

​Holocaust Learning Resources  (pdf)

From the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum:

Learn about the Holocaust
Commemoration Themes (6 themes with videos, Powerpoints, and more)
Online Exhibitions (17)

Teaching Guide for First Person: Conversations with a Survivor(pdf) This guide is for teaching the USHMM's live monthly program: https://www.ushmm.org/watch/first-person .

Teacher training opportunities:

From the N.C. Council on the Holocaust:

New curriculum resources for grades 6-12 released February, 2024
Holocaust Resources for Teachers

The Holocaust: A North Carolina Teacher's Resource
Online Teacher Resources (pdf)

​Lesson Plans
Lesson plans and activities have been created to assist educators in helping students explore the lessons of the Holocaust and their role in today’s world. The Carolina K–12 (a component of the University of North Carolina Program in the Humanities and Human Values) has aligned approved educational teaching materials with films of local NC survivors’ personal testimonies (appropriate plans for each survivor's film). All of these materials are accessible via links  here on our documentaries page.  These videos can also be viewed on our YouTube channel.

​The 2020 U.S. Millennial Holocaust Knowledge and Awareness Survey: https://www.claimscon.org/millennial-study/

Disturbing Findings Reveal Significant Number Of Millennials and Gen Z Can’t Name A Single Concentration Camp Or Ghetto, Believe That Two Million Or Fewer Jews Were Killed And A Concerning Percentage Believe That Jews Caused The Holocaust.

Click here to view North Carolina survey results. 

The Stan Greenspon Center for Peace and Social Justice

One of the foundational missions of the Stan Greenspon Center is to educate and inform all people about the complex history of the Holocaust and how that history continues to affect our world today. We work diligently to provide teacher education, school programs, and community events to engage all ages in this topic.

More online resources

Liberation 75​

Explore Liberation75's FREE Virtual Holocaust Library, featuring recordings of our past online programs, and specially-curated content by world-leading Holocaust organizations, educators & Survivors.


Next Generations is a nonprofit organization founded in 2004 by children of Holocaust Survivors, educators and others who care about social injustice with the vision of empowering future generations to be the messenger for all Survivors and keep their authentic voices alive.
All programs are being offered remotely/virtual at no cost to you. However, you must register individually for each program. Space is limited, so please RSVP for programs as soon as possible.

Visit Holocaust Learning Experience for a current schedule of events.

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.​

Click the image here >>> to read about how the Gizella Abramson Holocaust Education Act which was implemented in the Fall of 2023. 

The Center for Holocaust, Genocide, and 

Human Rights ​Education of North Carolina 

Holocaust Speakers Bureau