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Holocaust Education Resources 2004 American Library Association Conference
Interest in Holocaust education has increased over the past two decades and gained momentum in 1993 with the founding of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM). The Holocaust is a mandated topic of study in six states and recommended in ten others. Legislation is pending before Congress (HR 2464 and HR 2953) to direct the Secretary of Education to provide grants to promote Holocaust education and awareness. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum http://www.ushmm.org/  Education section at http://www.ushmm.org/education/foreducators/ has information about online workshops, the Museum Fellowship Program, Belfer Conferences and Belfer Exemplary Lessons. Instructional materials are downloadable or may be requested.  Teaching about the Holocaust: A Resource Book for Educators provides guidelines for teaching about the Holocaust, a historical summary and chronology, and an annotated bibliography and videography on Holocaust related topics. http://www.ushmm.org/education/foreducators/teachabo/teaching_holcaust.pdf  The Holocaust Learning Center at http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/index.php provides illustrated articles, photographs, artifacts, audio files and film footage appropriate for students.  Online exhibitions available at http://ushmm.org/museum/exhibit/online/ are presented on such topics as Polish-born Jewish artist Arthur Szyk, Music, Poetry, Jewish Displaced Persons 19451951, Voyage of the St. Louis, The Kovno Ghetto, Kristallnacht, The Nazi Olympics, Nazi Book Burnings, The Doctor's Trial, Oskar Schindler, Anne Frank, and Hidden Children. USHMM “Guidelines for Teaching about the Holocaust” http://www.ncssm.edu/holocaust/  A project of a Museum Fellow, this site restates each of the USHMM guidelines. The viewer connects to images that help illustrate the key points of each guideline.  After clicking on a photograph, the viewer finds descriptive information provided by USHMM Photo Archives and an explanation of how the photograph reinforces the guidelines. Holocaust Education and State Legislation  USHMM gives summaries of the status of legislation related to Holocaust education in each of the 50 states. See http://www.ushmm.org/education/foreducators/states/ Council of Holocaust Educators (CHE) http://www.che-nj.org  This organization formed by Museum Fellow Colleen Tambuscio holds its annual conference in October. Elie Wiesel is Honorary Chair. Membership numbers over 500 classroom teachers.  CHE’s goals: 1. Advocate and advance Holocaust, genocide and human rights education in the schools. 2. Foster the development and implementation of instructional strategies that incorporates content and pedagogy for effective Holocaust, genocide and human rights education. 3. Encourage and facilitate professional interaction among educators through networking and mentoring. A Teacher's Guide to the Holocaust http://fcit.coedu.usf.edu/holocaust/ Photos, documents, literature, art, music, etc. from the Florida Center for Instructional Technology.

The Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive http://holocaust.umd.umich.edu  The archive contains over 150 interviews with survivors conducted by Professor Sid Bolkosky, including 330 hours of audiotapes and 60 hours of video. Selected interviews are available online and through the Mardigian Library of the University of Michigan Dearborn. Holocaust Museum Houston Curriculum Trunk Program http://www.hmh.org/ed_cur_trunk.asp Trunks, geared at elementary, middle and high school levels, include videos, posters, CDs, CDROMs, artifact kits, maps, classroom sets of books, lessons plans and student activities. World War II: Prelude, Conduct and Aftermath of the War - an online instructional unit http://academic.kellogg.cc.mi.us/k12lincolnm/intro.html  Teacher Page offers objectives, link to standards, procedure and evaluation.  Chronology Page provides scope and sequence and additional online links.  Student Page guides student through a mini-research unit designed according to Big6 model.  Resources Page gives suggestions for using USHMM and other Internet resources.  Steinfeldt, Irena. How was it humanly possible?: A study of perpetrators and bystanders during the Holocaust. Yad Vashem, International School for Holocaust Studies, 2002. This book uses case studies, photographs, documents, and testimonies to present views of perpetrators and bystanders and to tell the story of the few men and women who did not accept the evil of mass murder and chose to act differently.  A reflection on the Holocaust education project carried out during winter 2003 in Battle Creek, Michigan can be found in the September 2003 issue of MultiMedia Schools, available at http://www.infotoday.com/MMSchools/sep03/lincoln.shtml and in the October 2003 issue of School Library Journal at http://slj.reviewsnews.com/index.asp?layout=article&articleid=CA326327&publication=slj.

Margaret Lincoln mlincoln@bc-lakeview.k12.mi.us