Online Resources

There are a number resources on the Web that provide a great deal of information about the Holocaust, genocide and ethnocide-related studies, and we have listed many of them here. They are listed by category, although a number of the sites fall into more than one category. The links that we have listed here are only a few of many, so if you have a website that you think should be added to our list, please let us know. This page is an on-going project and therefore will always be 'under construction' as we add or change information.

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Educational Resources and Programs for Teachers

  • Anne Frank in the World: 1929-1945 Teacher's Guide - An on-line guide providing teachers with lesson ideas and information on available resources to aid in teaching about Anne Frank and Holocaust-related subjects. This guide contains activities for both elementary and secondary students dealing with subjects such as prejudice, discrimination, civic responsibility, and cultural pride.
  • Alfred Hitchcock's Holocaust Film: 1945 British Director Alfred Hitchcock created Holocaust Documentary Film
  • Edwin Black - Edwin Black is the son of Polish Holocaust survivors. This site contains information on his new book War Against the Weak: Eugenics and America's Campaign to Create a Master Race.
  • Rudy Brueggemann Photography - Rudy Brueggemann is a photographer who has done extensive work on Rwanda and the Holocaust. The site is a gallery of his photos.
  • The Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies, University of Minnesota - excellent site for educators planning to include art into Holocaust education with inclusion of on-line exhibitions of Holocaust art. Also includes a comprehensive biographical database of relevant books and articles, schedule of national teacher training programs, as well as additional educational resources and links.
  • Confronting Genocide: Never Again? This unit plan, created by the Choices Program at Brown University, includes five lesson plans that trace the evolution of the international community's response to genocide and examine how the United States has responded to five cases of genocide. The evaluation of multiple perspectives, informed debate, and problem solving strategies that comprise this unit enable students to develop their own policy suggestions concerning America's response to future genocide. The Choices for the 21st Century Education Program is a national education initiative based at Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies.
  • Cybrary of the Holocaust - One of the largest Holocaust-related sites on the web, this site is dedicated to promoting Holocaust awareness and preserving memories. Maintains a large collection of artwork, poetry and essays written by students, survivors, liberators and scholars. Educators will find a guide for teaching the Holocaust and ideas and literature suggestions for lessons. Also includes numerous photographs, transcripts of Nazi speeches and official documents, transcripts of survivor and liberator testimony, and other historical information.
  • Deaf People & World War II This website provides readers with resources, reading materials, videos, and links to information about the deaf community and their experiences during World War II. Created by the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, this website lets you explore stories of victims of the war through text and video. On the main page, an encouraging video titled "Worry: A Jewish Deaf-Blind Survivor Shares Her Story" is featured.
  • The DNA Shoah Project This unit plan, from the DNA Shoah Project, uses modern forensic science to engage young learners in a science-based activity that also teaches the Holocaust. Website includes a downloadable module, activity, video, and an exercise for science teachers to use for their unit plans.
  • Exemplary Lessons. Five exemplary lessons from the Arthur and Rochelle Belfer Exemplary Lessons Initiative.
  • Fighting Hate, Across Cultures and Generations. January, 2004 New York Times article. A Rwandan genocide survivor and a Holocaust survivor speak together about shared memories.
  • Holocaust Task Force - A task force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education with the purpose of placing political and social leaders' support behind the need of Holocaust education. This particular website includes resources and guidelines that can assist educators in teaching the Holocaust.
  • Holocaust Teacher Resources - includes reviews of new Holocaust literature, on-line text, and related lesson plans. Site map contains an abundance of helpful links geared toward educators.
  • The Hopesite Homepage of the Centre for Holocaust Education - A great site for teachers (and everyone else) that includes information and resources for teaching about the Holocaust and Anne Frank. Also has information about fighting racism and promoting ethnic diversity and multiculturalism in your school.
  • I*EARN: Holocaust/Genocide Project - I*EARN is a non-profit organization that enables students and teachers from all over the world to conduct collaborative projects via the Web and other forms of telecommunication. The Holocaust/Genocide Project is an on-going collaboration, involving students ages 12 to 17.
  • International Coalition of Historic Site Museums of Conscience - Seeks to teach how historic sites and museums can inspire social consciousness and action. Focuses on issues including: children as victims of war, displacement, genocide, human trafficking and slavery, poverty and welfare, racism, state terrorism, sweatshops, totalitarianism.
  • The Institute for the Study of Genocide - An independent nonprofit organization chartered by the University of the State of New York, located at John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York. The ISG exists to promote and disseminate scholarship and policy analyses on the causes, consequences and prevention of genocide. This site provides current information on genocide along with references of sources.
  • Investigating the Holocaust: A Collaborative Inquiry Project - This is a two-week unit designed for students grades 6-8. In it, students explore a variety of resources about the Holocaust. It progresses from individual work to a group learning project, culminating in publishing the group's findings in topic-based newspapers.
  • Jehovah's Witnesses Stand Firm Against Nazi Assault. This documentary and study guide with lesson plans is available in the NWCHGEE for checkout (Miller Hall 005). As the Nazi killing machine engulfed Europe with terror, thousands of Jehovah's Witnesses suffered brutal persecution. In this video, 10 historians from Europe and North America, and more than 20 Witness survivors, join in relating a story of courage and triumph that must be told.
  • Moral Philosophy and the Holocaust - Provided by the Northwest Center for Philosophy for Children, this unit explores questions such as "What is a community?", "What shapes its identity?", "Is it morally permissible to resist authority in certain situations?", "Is indifference morally wrong?", and "What is courage?". This unit includes films and discussion circles wherein students can dialogue about these and other questions.
  • One Thousand Children - One Thousand Children Inc., (OTC) is a nonprofit educational and research organization whose mission it is to document the history of the rescue and resettlement of only unaccompanied children rescued form the Holocaust by America, to celebrate their lives and contributions to America, honor the individuals, families and organizations which made their rescue possible, and make this virtually unknown story of tragedy and triumph part of the American historical record.
  • Oregon Holocaust Resource Center - an excellent site for educators that includes teacher workshops, educational materials and resources, lesson plans, commemorative events, and speakers.
  • Podcasts - An audio podcast service that includes weekly interviews with issues related to Genocide. This program is free and is hosted by the Committee on Conscience staff director, Jerry Fowler.
  • Simon Wiesenthal Multimedia Learning Center - contains guidelines and suggestions for teaching Holocaust-related topics, an extensive bibliography covering many Holocaust/genocide topics, articles, a timeline and a glossary of terms.
  • The Social Studies School Service - an on-line catalog offering a variety of teaching tools. Has several hundred teaching aids in Holocaust studies including posters, books, CD-ROMs, lesson plans, and videos. Sample lesson plans are also available to view at this website.
  • A Teacher's Guide to the Holocaust - An extensive and well-organized site produced and maintained by the Florida Center for Instructional Technology. Includes activities for the classroom and annotated lists of literature, videos, and instructional software. Also has documents, abstracts of articles from the ERIC database, photographs, glossary terms, plays, maps, and more. A unique section containing samples of art and music of the Holocaust is included. Historical information is organized both on a timeline and by category of people - victims, perpetrators, resisters, rescuers, bystanders, liberators, and survivors.
  • TeachGenocide.org. A new web site focusing on teaching about the Armenian Genocide. Read press release.
  • The Truth About Anne Frank - an on-line guide for teaching the about Holocaust through Anne Frank, available through the Cybrary of the Holocaust. This lesson is intended for high school students.
  • The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) - guidelines for teaching about the Holocaust that is recommended reading for all educators planning to teach Holocaust studies and related subjects. USHMM also has an annotated list of recommended videos.
  • The USHMM Shop - (coming soon): a comprehensive source of Holocaust and genocide-related products including books, videos, and other publications for sale through the museum shop. Items are organized by category - introductory books, museum publications and exhibitions, advanced studies, media (audio and video), and by topic (e.g. Family and Heritage; Cultural Expressions; Destruction, Response and Survival).
  • University of Southern California Shoah Foundation Institute - The USC Shoah Foundation Institute hosts a Visual History Archive of testimonies of survivors of the Holocaust. The Shoah Foundation Institute also seeks to collect memories from survivors of other genocides ("Witnesses for Humanity"), creating new opportunities for documentation, education, and research.
  • Voice/Visions - an online database containing seventeen oral histories of Holocaust survivors collected by Dr. Sidney Bolkosky, professor of History at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. The site could be a valuable resource for educators who wish to incorporate survivor interviews into their lesson plans. In addition to transcripts, the site also includes RealPlayer files which allow users to listen to the interviews.
  • Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center - an excellent site for educators that includes curricula, teacher resources, and Holocaust related events.
  • Yad Vashem - excellent site for educators planning to include art into Holocaust education with inclusion of on-line exhibitions of Holocaust art. Also includes a comprehensive biographical database of relevant books and articles, schedule of national teacher training programs, as well as additional educational resources and links.
  • St. Patrick's Day - writer Toby Sonneman looks at the celebration of St. Patrick's Day and why it means so much to his Jewish family.

Research

  • The Aerial Reconnaissance Archives. World War II photographs taken from the air, often at low altitude, are now available on the Internet. Five million pictures are being posted, covering every facet of the war.
  • The Anne Frank Center USA - includes historical information and photographs about Anne Frank and her diary.
  • Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies - A major goal of this site is to disseminate educational programs. Using current technology they stream video from their website to be used in the classroom. They have just completed a redesign of their website that includes access to sixteen edited programs available as streaming video. Click on their link above and then on "View Edited Programs."
  • Genocide of the Roma website. This website provides information and instructional resources on the Roma genocide. The Roma and Sinti peoples were persecuted before the start of the Second World War (documented at this site starting in 1926), and this persecution grew worse with the outbreak of the War. After the War the Roma people received some reparations, but prejudices against the Roma and Sinti people continue to this day[1]. At this site one will find a large database, organized by country that includes articles, virtual bibliographies, filmographies, and International Organizations. There is also a database for pedagogical materials that teachers and educators could use in the classroom. Foreign language teachers could also benefit from this website, as it provides resources in a variety of different languages including Spanish, German, French, and Italian. The site also has an Interactive Map where users can learn about the recognition of the Roma Genocide, educational initiatives, official contacts and resource people, initiatives of the civil society, and survivor testimonies, within different European countries.

    [1] Sinti and Roma:Victims of the Nazi Era. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Retrieved from: http://www.ushmm.org/education/resource/roma/roma.php (February 3, 2011)
  • The History Place: World War Two in Europe - includes information on the rise of Hitler, Hitler youth, (featuring audio clips) timelines, and biographies of Nazi Leaders.
  • The Holocaust History Project - This is an excellent site for research, especially for those seeking evidence that refutes the claims of Holocaust deniers. It contains an extensive archive of documents, photographs, recordings and essays. Includes retyped or scanned copies of original Nazi documents, manuscripts from the Trial of the Major War Criminals, documentary evidence on the beginnings of the gassing program, and information on David Irving and his failed libel suit.
  • IDEA, A Journal of Social Issues - an electronic journal created for the exchange of ideas related to cults, mass movements, autocratic power, war, genocide, democide, holocaust, and murder. Includes articles, book reviews, links, and a discussion forum.
  • The Nizkor Project - Headquartered in Vancouver BC, the Nizkor Project is dedicated to responding to falsehoods and misinformation about the Holocaust. Information about concentration camps and the Nuremberg trials can be read here, as well as transcripts of the Adolf Eichmann trial, and an essay describing techniques of Holocaust denial.
  • Simon Weisenthal Center - Founded in 1977 in Los Angeles, the SWC is an international center for Holocaust remembrance and the defense of human rights. This excellent site includes an extensive multimedia learning center with thousands of text files and photos, teacher resources (a timeline, glossary, and list of bibliographies), a virtual tour of the Museum of Tolerance, and 'The Making of a Skinhead' - a fascinating discussion with a former racist.
  • The Stephen Feinberg Research Page. A list of websites for Holocaust research and education created by Stephen Feinberg, Director of National Outreach for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
  • SS St. Louis - This is an excellent site for those seeking information on the voyage of the SS St. Louis. Told from the perspective of the Blechner family, this site is remarkable for the details and photos.
  • United States Holocaust Memorial Museum - Located in Washington DC, the USHMM is America's national institution for the documentation, study, and interpretation of Holocaust history. This site includes information about the museum and its programs, teaching materials, a searchable database of photographs from the Museum's Photo Archives, a searchable database of Archive and Library catalogues, and on-line exhibitions and transcriptions of events and presentations at the Museum. Includes 'the Learning Site' - a reference section specifically for students.
  • Yad Vashem - Located in Jerusalem, Yad Vashem was established in 1953. This website includes information about the memorial and museum, an on-line version of their magazine, descriptions of teaching materials that can be ordered, brief summaries of historical events, excerpts from publications written by Yad Vashem scholars, and on-line exhibitions.

Museums and Memorials

Literature

For more literature overviews and information, please see our Journal, Book, and Film Overviews.

Online Videos and Film

These videos were current at the time of our posting. Please let us know if a link is no longer available.

  • Footprints: Discovering the Holocaust through Historical Artifacts
    Time: 8:25
    Produced by: Holocaust Education Development Programme (UK)
    Summary: This video takes an in-depth look at a young child's shoe and discusses what happened to this shoe during the Holocaust. A way of discovering the concentration camps through an alternative perspective. May be helpful for students to experience a different approach to understanding the Jewish experience of the Holocaust. This YouTube channel also contains a variety of other Holocaust educational videos.
  • Life in Treblinka
    Time: 3:35
    Produced by: HowStuffWorks
    Summary: A video depicting life inside Treblinka, the concentration camp. This video contains clips of color video with commentary. It's a short overview of the move from ghettos to concentration camps and provides an understanding of what life was like. There is one disturbing video shot of the dead.
  • The Liberation of Concentration Camps
    Time: 2:17
    Produced by: The History Channel
    Summary: This video provides liberation footage, narrated by an American soldier who was present when the camps were liberated. There are some graphic images of the dead. This website also has other interactives and photo galleries.
  • Twin Holocaust Survivors describe arriving at Auschwitz
    Time: 2:27
    Produced by: Yad Vashem
    Summary: Identical twin sisters Iudit Barnea and Lia Huber tell the story of their arrival at Aushwitz. Video is accompanied by photos. This YouTube channel has many testimonies from other survivors. English subtitles.
  • Auschwitz II Birkenau Sonderkommando Testimony Clips 
    Time: 24:14
    Produced by: USC Shoah Foundation
    Summary: Five survivors of the Auschwitz II-Birkenau death camp describe their perspectives of the Sonderkommando Uprising of 1944. These testimonies are from the archive of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute and included in the Institute's online educational resource, Segments for the Classroom. Additional Segments are available at www.usc.edu/vhi/segmentsfortheclassroom. This YouTube channel also contains numerous video interviews with survivors.
  • Alice Dancing Under the Gallows: A documentary short film - This short video is an inspiring interview with 106 year old Alice Herz-Sommer, a survivor of the Holocaust, and a prisoner of Theresienstadt. Theresienstadt was a Nazi concentration camp designed as propaganda to show people how well the Jews in Europe were being treated. The prisoners there were allowed to paint, perform, and play music. While she was in Theresienstadt with her young son, Alice performed in over 100 concerts. In the short film, Alice explains how music gave her hope and even saved her life. Alice will be turning 107 years old in November of 2010, and to this day she continues to inspire others with her music.
  • Noémi Ban Interview with VTV - A short interview where Noemi Ban talks about her story as a Holocaust survivor, where she gets her hope and inspiration, and why she continues to share her story.
  • Segments for the Classroom: This is a series of seven videos that can be used in the classroom that covers a variety of topics. Six are in English (one in Spanish):
    • The Holocaust through the Eyes of Child Survivors
    • Facing Persecution as Jehovah's Witness
    • The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
    • Surviving Auschwitz II-Birkenau
    • The AuschwitzII-Birkenau Sonderkomando
    • The Sobibor Uprising
    • The Immigration Experience (En Español)
  • Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive - is a collection of over one hundred films that can be viewed online, including many related to the Holocaust. Many new films will be added annually.

Local Resources in Washington State and Vancouver, B.C.

Lessons from the Holocaust - This is a video recording of a presentation given by Dr. Ray Wolpow and Holocaust survivor Noemi Ban, describing their journey to Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1995. Noemi shares her feelings of returning to the concentration camp where she was imprisoned 50 years ago.

Oregon Holocaust Resource Center (Pacific University) - 2043 College Way Forest Grove, OR 97116. Phone: 503-352-2930, Fax: 503-352-2246, Email: ohrc@pacificu.edu

Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre (Vancouver, British Columbia) - Jewish Community Centre, 50-950 West 41st. Vancouver, BC, V5Z2N7. Phone (604) 264-0499, Fax (604) 264-0497.

Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center, 2031 Third Ave. Seattle Washington, 98121. Phone (206) 441-5747, Fax (206) 443-0303.

Recursos en Español (Resources in Spanish)

Segmentos para la clase: La experiencia migratoria Este vídeo describe las historias de siete sobrevivientes de Holocaust y de los emigración de Europa a sus nuevas vidas en América latina. (Segments for the Classroom:The Immigration Experience) - This video describes the stories of seven Holocaust survivors and their emigration from Europe to their new lives in Latin America.)