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Teaching about human suffering and horrific tragedies can be difficult. But the need for educators to fill troubling knowledge gaps is clear. One recent survey found that 49 percent of millennials cannot name a single Nazi concentration camp and 41 percent do not believe that 6 million Jews were murdered during the Holocaust. Fortunately, 9 out of 10 survey respondents felt that students should learn about the Holocaust in school. And a majority felt that a similar tragedy could occur again.
This collection contains resources for teaching this tragic history and analyzing its impact on today's world. We recommend first reading the Guidelines for Teaching About the Holocaust from the US Holocaust Museum and Memorial. They define the Holocaust in the following way:
"The Holocaust was the systematic, bureaucratic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of approximately six million Jews by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. During the era of the Holocaust, German authorities also targeted other groups because of their perceived “racial inferiority”: Roma (Gypsies), the disabled, and some of the Slavic peoples (Poles, Russians, and others). Other groups were persecuted on political, ideological, and behavioral grounds, among them Communists, Socialists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and homosexuals."
Teaching the Holocaust
View these important guidelines and ideas for how to teach this tragic and sensitive subject.