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A forum promoting best practice in Holocaust instruction

This list has been updated as of August 2019 with an online listing and print bibliography available. Please also share your recommended resources.

Holocaust Collection – Footnote.com

The National Archives and Records Administration and Footnote.com have released over one million Holocaust-related records, including millions of names and 26,000 photos in a searchable online database. Concentration camp registers and documents along with the Ardelia Hall Collection of records relating to the Nazi looting of Jewish possessions and art are provided.


IWitness (from USC Shoah Foundation) is an online application that gives educators and students access to search, watch, and learn from more than 1,000 video testimonies of Holocaust survivors and other witnesses.

Library of Congress

Primary sources and contextual background material relative to the Holocaust can be found in the following collections: Federal Writers ProjectArthur Szyck: Artist for FreedomWPA PostersStories from the Veterans History Project, and  World War II Military Situation Maps.

Museum Fellowship Teaching Resources

This site offers thematically arranged lesson plans: Prewar Life, Introduction, Nazism, Ghettos, Final Solution, Rescue/Resistance, Children, Literary Connections, Universal Lessons, and Global Connections. Book reviews are grouped as Fiction (Adult), Fiction (Young Adult), Biography/Autobiography, History - Specialized, Holocaust - Study and Teaching, Holocaust – Historiography, Perpetrators/Collaborationists, Personal Narratives, Literature Collections, World Issues, and Medical Ethics.

New York Times Learning Network Resources: The Holocaust

Lesson plans and links to articles from NYT historical archives.

PRISM: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Holocaust Educators

PRISM, a peer-reviewed journal published by the Azrieli Graduate School of Yeshiva University, offers educators a practical, scholarly resource on teaching the Holocaust at high school, college and graduate school levels.

Preventing Genocide
Short USHMM video highlights how Museum brings attention to genocide today and leads efforts to prevent it. 

A Teacher's Guide to the Holocaust

An overview of people and events in the Holocaust through photographs, documents, art, music, movies, and literature. From Florida Center for Instructional Technology at the College of Education, University of South Florida.

Teaching the Holocaust with Primary Sources

This themed resource set from Eastern Illinois University uses Library of Congress primary source documents on the Holocaust. Primary source analysis tools are available in PDF and Word Document format.

Telling Their Stories: Oral History Archives Project

High school students at the Urban School of San Francisco conducted and filmed interviews with Bay Area Holocaust survivors in their homes. Students transcribed the interviews; created movie files associated with each transcript; and posted the full-text with full-video interviews online. Holocaust and research links are also provided.

USHMM History Unfolded

The Museum’s citizen history project to uncover what ordinary people around the country could have known about the Holocaust from reading their local newspapers in the years 1933–1945. Students and adults can discover new knowledge that will be shared with scholars, curators, and the public.

USHMM Teaching Materials and Resources

Downloadable files and links to Teaching Guidelines, Holocaust Encyclopedia, Belfer Lessons, Identification Cards, Photographs of Artifacts, Personal Histories, and Victims of the Nazi Era. See new Holocaust overview film The Path to Nazi Genocide (38 min.) available online


The Museum now has a presence on YouTube with a growing number of educational videos that can be downloaded.

Visual History Archive Online (VHA Online)

Audiovisual testimonies are provided through the USC Shoah Foundation. Searches may be conducted by Experience Groups, People, Place or Index. Biographical information about each interviewee is included.

Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

An extensive repository of interviews is available through the University of Michigan Dearborn’s Mardigian Library.

Yad VaShem 

Educational materials are available in English including lesson plans, ceremonies, testimonies, primary documents, photographs, maps, a concise Holocaust Encyclopedia and historical timeline. The International School for Holocaust Studies publishes an e-Newsletter for Holocaust Educators. The new Video Toolbox offers excellent teacher support.

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Cynthia Peterman (a USHMM Teacher Fellow and Ning member) has created a most useful guide to USHMM resources. You will want to explore her USHMM Educators' Toolbox and a companion site of Holocaust Links for Teachers. Cynthia will share her project next week at the gathering of MTF's in Washington, DC.

This resource list may be (seem to be...) dated, but Gigi Lincoln, as always, offers places for the wannabe Holocaust educator to go to replenish his/her intellectual hunger--and we all are fortunate to have such a knowledgeable and dedicated person in our midst (August 18, 2016). Bill Younglove :-)

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