For Educators

The interviews preserved in the Voice/Vision Archive provide a unique opportunity for educators to engage their students in creative and meaningful ways when studying the Holocaust. Teachers from across the country have utilized our collection to teach their students genuine empathy for those who suffered and lived through this tragic event. Their efforts stand as excellent examples of how important the voices of the survivors can be in teaching the Holocaust.


Britannica's Holocaust Resources


The Holocaust Project is Britannica's effort to make available to the public sound and thorough information on one of history's darkest chapters, the Holocaust.

Brtiannica's Holocaust Resources


Life Unworthy of Life: A Holocaust Curriculum


An online version of the award winning Holocaust curriculum by Sidney Bolkosky, Betty-Rotberg Ellias and David Harris first published in 1987.

Life Unworthy of Life: A Holocaust Curriculum

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The Linda Fredin/Cavelero Mid-High Digital Children's Book Collection (Everett, WA)


In January 2009, the Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive was approached by Linda Fredin, a language arts teacher at Cavelero Mid-High school in Lake Stevens, Washington. Ms. Fredin's students wrote illustrated children's book based on interviews they found on the Voice/Vision website. Ms. Fredin had the books copied and asked the archive if they would be willing to send copies of the books to the survivors.

In 2010, Ms. Fredin and the archive collaborated on the project again, this time gaining the necessary permissions to scan and post the digitized copies of the books as a special collection on the Voice/Vision website.

Digital Children's Book Collection

"Lake Stevens students write children's books that evoke themes of Holocaust"
"Turning Holocaust Horror Stories Into Bedtime Stories For Kids"
"Holocaust Archive Inspires Books"


The Warren G. Harding Middle School Podcast (Philadelphia, PA)


In January 2007, the Voice/Vision Archive was contacted by Victoria Monacelli, an 8th grade reading/language arts teacher at Warren G. Harding Middle School in inner-city Philadelphia. Since many of her students read below their grade level, Victoria relied on technology to have them create a monthly podcast that focused on the material they were studying.

"Survivor Testimonies Engage Students in Holocaust History"
"Inner City School Students Use Voice/Vision Interviews"


Links to Other Educational Resources


A Book by Me: A children's book project directed by Deb Bowen from Illinois. These simple non-fiction children's books are written by middle or high school students for elementary age readers. The book series tells the true stories of survivors, prison camp liberators, eye witnesses and Righteous Gentiles.

A Teacher’s Guide to the Holocaust: An overview of the people and events of the Holocaust through photographs, documents, art, music, movies, and literature. Includes chronology, guides to Holocaust-related art, and resources for teachers and students.

The Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company: The CDDC offers the highly successful CREATING CULTURAL COMMUNITIES program, including residencies in K-12 schools and community based organizations, comprehensive university residencies and master classes and workshops in professional training programs/studios in NYC and nationally.

Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies: A resource for information and teaching about the Holocaust and contemporary aspects of genocide as defined by the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide (1948) as well as varying definitions by university scholars and researchers.

Holocaust Art and Remembrance: This series of three lessons is part of a World War II unit in World At War, an elective class taught at Lakeview High School in Battle Creek, Michigan. The lessons use the work of Holocaust survivor and artist Miriam Brysk to consider the theme of Bystanders, Resistance and Perpetrators. As a student, you will come to grips with the big ideas or over-arching concepts of how individuals treat one another through a study of war in the 20th century. A Teacher's Page is available.

H-Holocaust. An H-Net Discussion List: A member of H-Net Humanities & Social Sciences Online. H-Holocaust exists so scholars of the Holocaust can communicate with each other using this primarily, though not exclusively, academic list. Coverage of the list will include the Holocaust itself, and closely related topics like anti-Semitism, and Jewish history in the 1930s and 1940s, as well as closely related themes in the history of WW2, Germany, and international diplomacy.

Hidden Children and the Holocaust: A Lesson and Pledge for Action: A lesson plan that provides an opportunity for students to explore personal accounts of young people and hidden children during the Holocaust by means of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Identification Cards and the online exhibition Life in Shadows. Students then relate these difficult historical circumstances to their own lives today. A Teacher's Page sets forth objectives, procedures and suggested evaluation for this lesson.

The Holocaust Education Foundation Homepage: The Holocaust Educational Foundation is a private, non-profit organization established in 1980 by survivors, their children, and their friends in order to preserve and promote awareness of the reality of the Holocaust . Provides information on grants, fellowships, conferences and lecturers.

Holocaust Teacher Resource Center: Educators (kindergarten through college) will find at this site materials which can be brought into the classroom and studied. Whenever possible entire documents are included and may be downloaded for direct use in the classroom. Includes lesson plans, essays, conferences, seminars, bibliographies, videographies, and book reviews.

Memory of A Nation: A digital archive of witness accounts which were collected on the basis of oral history methodology.

Museum Fellowship Teaching Resources: Lesson plans and book reviews submitted by Museum Teacher Fellows of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The materials may be used by educators seeking meaningful educational resources about the Holocaust. Lesson plans have been successfully field-tested and include additional online support documents. This website was first introduced at the 2004 Conference of the American Library Association.

Transforming Learning through Holocaust Instruction: Presentation offers resources for Michigan school libraries to support the state's new mandate on Holocaust & Genocide instruction through such projects as History Unfolded from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.


Revised March 28, 2014