Online Resources

,New! Thank you to St. Mary’s Academy educator Stephanie Zirino for compiling this wonderful resource list of books and podcasts aimed at Middle School and High School Students..

,New! The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has added new Teaching Materials Using Literature .  These include lesson plans, timeline cards and more for Elie Wiesel’s Night and The Diary of Anne Frank as well as for the book The World Must Know.  As well, a broad selection of compelling teaching materials  addresses such issues as Black Americans and the Nazi Olympics. Newspapers and the Holocaust, and Immigration and Refugees.

,New! The Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation offers exciting e-learning courses which focus on resistance during the Shoah. Among the interesting e-learning topics is a course which addresses the role of women in the Partisans. Many of these women were teens –  the same age as the students.  Lesson plans are available for these 20-60 minute courses.

,New! The Echoes and Reflections Timeline of the Holocaust  is an excellent tool for online teaching  chronicling key dates in the History of the Holocaust from 1933 to 1945.

,New! We present a curated list of Holocaust films. recommended for educators, students and the general public. Of course, this list is by no means exhaustive. Many are available on Netflix and Amazon Prime, as well as other streaming services. Descriptions of the films are taken from a variety of websites and include reviews and summaries.

“Echoes and Reflections,”  a resource offered by Yad Vashem offers a series of webinars to help you build your knowledge and teaching skills. The webinars focus on a large variety of topics, such as how to use Holocaust films in the classroom, analyzing propaganda and teaching media literacy, how to answer your students’ toughest questions, and much more. Also available are also supporting resources, such as teaching about genocide

The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance has released new and updated Recommendations for Teaching and Learning about the Holocaust, published in partnership with UNESCO

These Recommendations, written by a group of international experts, are crafted to help educators and teachers with fact-based and educationally sound techniques for teaching the complex and nuanced history of the Holocaust. The publication – which is aimed at policymakers, textbook editors, curriculum planners, school administrators, as well as educators and teachers – provides compelling reasons for including the Holocaust in education, gives practical guidance in the search and selection of appropriate sources, and makes it easy to bring curricula in line with the latest research. 

By combining many years of specialist experience with new knowledge on the topic, the Recommendations empower educators and teachers to collaborate across fields, develop their professional skills, and confidently teach about the Holocaust.

Launched on 4 December 2019 at an event in Luxembourg City, which brought together representatives of ministries from the more than 30 countries that make up the IHRA, the Recommendations for Teaching and Learning about the Holocaust are part of the IHRA’s work to strengthen, advance, and promote Holocaust education, remembrance, and research worldwide.”

The Azrieli Foundation Survivor Memoirs Program provides free resources, including books, education programs and lesson plans, the digital platform Re:Collection and short films.

Yad Vashem’s Online Video Learning – An excellent and substantial source for video resources for educators from Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Centre.

Facing History and Ourselves – Through rigorous historical analysis combined with the study of human behavior, Facing History’s approach heightens students’ understanding of racism, religious intolerance, and prejudice; increases students’ ability to relate history to their own lives; and promotes greater understanding of their roles andresponsibilities in a democracy.

Testimony Speaks: Countering Antisemitism – USC Shoah Foundation’s Countering Antisemitism Through Testimony Program integrates contemporary personal stories of witnesses to antisemitism into outreach, education and research programs to help counter antisemitism today. Newly recorded testimonies (link is external)from Belgium, Denmark, France, Hungary, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States are being used to engage audiences to develop their understanding of antisemitism as a dangerous form of hate and one of several facets of hatred that threaten all of humanity. In 2013, USC named Executive Director Stephen Smith the UNESCO Chair in Genocide Education.

Terraforming is an independent non-governmental and non-profit organisation from Novi Sad in Serbia, with branches in Stockholm and Amsterdam, and with partners, contributors, associates and project activities all around Europe.

Terraforming develops educational methodologies and teaching materials, combining best practices in contemporary pedagogy with new-media technologies while facilitating multidisciplinary cross-sectoral international project cooperation and exchange.

Teaching about Antisemitism – From the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. What is the history of antisemitism, and what role did it play in the Holocaust? This lesson plan helps students understand how hatred can contribute to violence, mass atrocity, and genocide. They also will make connections to events today—learning to think critically when they hear about antisemitism and hate in their own world.

New York Holocaust Curriculum – Lesson Plans from the Meilman Virtual Classroom. Ten flexible lesson plans for use across grade levels and subject areas.

The IWalk App is an interactive educational program that connects concrete physical locations with memories of Holocaust-related events that took place on these locations in several European cities. People walking through the tours use tablet computers to watch clips of Holocaust survivors and witnesses telling personal stories about how the locations factored into their experiences. The clips are drawn from their testimonies in USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive.

Mémorial de la Shoah-Centre de documentation – a multilingual website with excellent resources for teachers, including filmography and multimedia resources.

The Kazerne Dossin website from Belgium. A multilingual website. Kazerne Dossin does not only deal with the ‘Belgian case’ but it is also a museum about massive violence. Taking the Holocaust as basis, Kazerne Dossin searches for timeless mechanisms of group pressure and collective violence that can result under certain conditions in mass murder and genocide. This question touches the core of modern human rights with emphasis on freedom and non-discrimination. The behaviour of the perpetrators and opportunists serves as basis for alerting the visitor to collective violent mechanisms among us and to the possibility to say ‘no’.

Memories of the Occupation of Greece  – In Canada, like Germany,  very little is known about the German occupation of Greece. In Greece, however, the occupation and the crimes committed remain very present. For the project “Memories of the Occupation of Greece” at least 70 biographical interviews with Greek contemporary witnesses will be filmed. Their memories of the occupation will be preserved for the future and edited for presentation on the internet. An excellent source for educators and students about this little-known chapter of the Holocaust which wiped out 87% of the pre-war Jewish population of Greece.

 History Unfolded: US Newspapers and the Holocaust – What could Americans have known about the Nazi threat from reading their local newspapers in the 1930s and 1940s? An activity which can be easily adapted for Canadian classrooms.

 European Holocaust Research Infrastructure – The European Holocaust Research Infrastructure offers a series of excellent online courses.

 Forbidden Music Regained – The Leo Smit Foundation has launched a new English language website, “Forbidden Music Regained” which offers access to a searchable database with 35 biographies and nearly 1900 works and audio samples by composers who lived and worked in the Netherlands and were persecuted in World War II.

International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Resource Guide – The IHRA Resources Guide provides quick links to IHRA tools and information in the fields of Holocaust education, remembrance and research. Translations into French and several other languages enable these tools to be used in countries around the world.

The Fate of European Roma and Sinti During the Holocaust – Includes an excellent manual for teachers.

The Holocaust and Other Genocides – With links to versions in many  languages.

Recollection – An extraordinary new tool from the Azrieli Foundation.

USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive’s online portal allows users to search through and view more than 55,000 video testimonies of survivors and witnesses of genocide. Among these are the Jewish Heritage Centre’s collection of interviews with local Holocaust survivors as well as the rest of the Canadian collection.  The archive is an invaluable resource for humanity, with nearly every testimony encompassing a complete personal history of life before, during and after the subject’s firsthand experience with genocide. Access is available through the portal for most but not all of the interviews. The Jewish Heritage Centre is the only full access centre between Ontario and Alberta. Researchers and the general public are welcome to book an appointment to search our full access site in our offices. Please call 204-478-8590 or email [email protected].