Teaching the Holocaust: Stories Seldom Told
The Jewish Education Project
The story of the Holocaust is too enormous, complicated and nuanced to be told in one piece. But it is made up of millions of individual stories of survivors and victims. Millions of stories we soon will not be able to hear first hand.
In this collection you will find just a few of those individual stories, along with resources and guides for teaching them. This collection was curated by the Jewish Education Project in collaboration with Echoes & Reflections, USC Shoah Foundation, ADL, The National Library of Israel and Facing History and Ourselves.
*Please note- due to the nature of the subject matter, some resources contain graphic images or descriptions. Please be sure to look over any resource before using it with learners.
For a broader look at how to teach this complex subject, click here for our Resources for Teaching the Holocaust collection.
Best for Elementary School
Use this list as a guide for choosing books to discuss the Holocaust with children.
Even in their darkest hour, the prisoners of the Nazi camps wrote songs of hope.
Explore Holocaust survivor Tommy Fritta's story through drawings made by his father for his 3rd birthday
Excerpts from the book and a lesson plan in response to the poem written by a child in Theresienstadt.
Best for Middle-School
These Jewish soldiers took part in the liberation of Europe from the clutches of Nazi Germany.
Virtually walk through the streets of Lviv and discover its rich Jewish life.
David Friedmann used art to document his life before, during and after the Holocaust.
An innovative way to bring testimony live to your learners through augmented reality.
Discover Eva Heyman's story both through her diary and through a series of Instagram Stories
Meet Fred Bachner, a Holocaust survivor who had the last Bar Mitzvah at Berlin's Rykestrasse Synagogue.
Best for High-School
This lesson leads learners in exploration of the diversity of Jewish life before the war.
Activities and survivor testimony to reflect the dynamic life of European Jewry before the Holocaust.
An interactive graphic novel about Marek Edelman, one of the leaders of the Warsaw ghetto Uprising.
Explore the concept of moral courage through the story of the midwives of Egypt and the lives of Holocaust rescuers
Explore the History of Babi Yar in the context of the war in Ukraine today
Interactive timeline and accompanying educational resources from Echoes and Reflections
A Lesson from the Etty Project pairing two young female diarists during WWII
This short documentary captures the spirit of Jewish life in Warsaw, Poland, before World War II.