Resources for Teaching the Holocaust and Other Genocides

Given the international audiences that UNESCO addresses, electronic resources, accessible worldwide, are a convenient and economically sound source of information on the topics of the Holocaust, genocide, and mass atrocities. However, it is vitally important to access accurate and historically correct information on the Internet. Many of the following websites provide reliable information in several language versions.
 

  • Education for Holocaust Remembrance
    The website of UNESCO is a good place to begin an exploration of Holocaust and human rights education. It provides an international structural framework for examining the connection between the Holocaust and genocide and human rights issues.
  • Memorial and Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau
    The Auschwitz-Birkenau German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1979. The website of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum gives access to historical information and documentation about the camp and provides educators and students with various educational resources.
     
  • Facing History and Ourselves
    Facing History and Ourselves combats racism, antisemitism, and prejudice and nurtures democracy through education programmes worldwide, with specific focus on the history of the Holocaust and other examples of genocide and mass violence. Facing History proposes various resources, workshops, seminars and online learning opportunities for educators and students.
  • The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance
    The website of the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance, and Research contains much practical information on all aspects of Holocaust education. In addition, it contains information on “The Holocaust and Other Genocides”.
  • The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    The website of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has extensive in-depth historical information about the Holocaust. It provides easy access to primary source documents, including photographs and maps that deal with the Holocaust. It also has broad information on genocide and mass atrocities.
     
  • Yad Vashem's Website
    The Worlds largest repository of information on the Holocaust Yad Vashem’s website provides easy access to digital collections, e-learning for professionals, a database of Shoah victims’ names, and a wealth of historical information in several languages.
     
  • The Shoah Memorial
    The Shoah Memorial provides access to various resources on the Holocaust, mostly in French. It includes a website for primary-school children: www.grenierdesarah.org and for secondary school teachers: www.enseigner-histoire-shoah.org
     
  • Holocaust Memorial
    An online overview of institutions throughout the world that deal with the history of the Holocaust, created by the Topography of Terror Foundation in Berlin, Germany.
     
  • The website of Project Aladdin
    The website of Project Aladdin, a multi-faceted cultural initiative launched under the patronage of UNESCO with the aim of countering Holocaust denial and all forms of racism and intolerance, while promoting intercultural dialogue, particularly among Muslims and Jews. In English, French, Arabic, Turkish and Farsi.
     
  • The Anne Frank House
    The Anne Frank House is an independent organization entrusted with the care of the Secret Annexe, the place where Anne Frank went into hiding during World War II and where she wrote her diary. It brings her life story to the attention of people all over the world to encourage them to reflect on the dangers of antisemitism, racism and discrimination and the importance of freedom, equal rights and democracy. . The website annefrankguide. net is available in 22 languages and country versions. 
     
  • The USC Shoah Foundation Institute 
    The USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education holds the largest archive of testimonies of Holocaust survivors in the world. It provides access to a large number of video testimonies, lesson plans for teachers, various pedagogical resources. It includes also a section of testimonies of survivors of Armenia, Rwanda and Cambodia.
     
  • The Institute of Education’s Centre for Holocaust Education
    The Institute of Education’s Centre for Holocaust Education is the first institution to combine extensive national research into teaching and learning about the Holocaust with new programmes, materials and resources designed to meet these classroom challenges.
     
  • The South African Holocaust and Genocide Foundation
    A unique initiative on the African continent, the South African Holocaust and Genocide Foundation is dedicated to creating a more caring and just society in which human rights and diversity are respected and valued. Centres covered by the Foundation serve as memorials to the six million Jews who were killed in the Holocaust and all victims of Nazism, teach about the consequences of prejudice, racism and discrimination, and promote an understanding of the dangers of indifference, apathy and silence.
     
  • The Institute for the Study of Genocide
    The Institute for the Study of Genocide, an independent non-profit organization chartered by the University of the State of New York, located at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York, provides a large webography on Genocide Studies, State Killings, and groups at risk, International Law and past genocides.
     
  • Genocide Watch
    Genocide Watch aims to build an international movement to prevent and stop genocide.
     
  • Human Rights Watch
    Human Rights Watch provides news, analysis, reports and a wide variety of resources on human rights issues worldwide.
     
  • Echoes and Reflections. Leaders in Holocaust Education
    Echoes and Reflections provides educators with the professional development and resources necessary to develop the knowledge, capacity, and practice required to responsibly and effectively teach the Holocaust. Since 2005, this combined effort of three world leaders in education - the Anti-Defamation League, USC Shoah Foundation, and Yad Vashem - has now reached more than 30,000 educators across the United States of America.