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The Holocaust: History and Memory (A Virtual Field Trip to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum)

Grade Level Grades 6-8
Resource Type Lesson Plan

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The Holocaust: History and Memory provides students with a new way to learn about Holocaust history. Developed in cooperation with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and powered by Google Expeditions, this field trip allows students to virtually experience the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. The virtual field trip includes nine different scenes from the Museum—covering our permanent exhibition, The Holocaust, our Hall of Witness and Hall of Remembrance, and a conservation lab where students can examine how our staff preserve and present Holocaust history.

In this lesson, students examine how the Museum uses artifacts and photographs from its collections to present the history of the Holocaust and memorialize its victims—including artifacts and photographs that illustrate important aspects of Holocaust history such as Torah scrolls rescued during Kristallnacht, a train car, prisoner barracks from Auschwitz, and a gas chamber model. Students also tour the Museum's architecture and discuss what makes the Museum a living memorial. Through their exploration of the Museum's exhibitions, students gain a greater understanding of key events and topics related to the Holocaust and are able to explain the systematic nature, scope, and consequences of the Holocaust.

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