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The Holocaust Center has produced a 20-minute educational documentary. This video weaves the testimonies and artifacts of local Holocaust survivors with contemporary issues of bullying, bystanders, and world genocides. The goal of the documentary is to introduce the viewer to the Holocaust and to connect this history to our world today. For grades 7 and up.


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WITH MY OWN EYES: Curriculum for the Holocaust Center's Core Exhibit

Through stories and artifacts of local Holocaust survivors, the museum’s exhibit engages visitors in the history of the Holocaust and challenges them to consider how each person’s actions make a difference. This curriculum is aligned with Common Core standards and can be used before, during, or after visiting the exhibit at the Holocaust Center for Humanity. The complete exhibit text and many artifacts and images included in the exhibit can be found in this curriculum. This curriculum is designed to be adapted for students in grades 7 and up. Winner of the Association of King County Historical Organizations Heritage Education Award!


"Jude" starEVERYDAY OBJECTS: Artifacts from Washington State Holocaust Survivors
"Everyday Objects" features 12 artifacts and the stories behind them. The revised second edition of this series was funded by the Alfred and Tillie Shemanski Trust Fund. The original project was made possible by grants from Humanities Washington and the Women's Endowment Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle.
Curriculum for "Everyday Objects" - Funding for the curriculum provided by 4Culture/Lodging Tax Fund. 



Common Questions about the Holocaust (link to the USHMM)

36 Questions (link to the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Museum of Tolerance)

Glossary (link to the USHMM)

Guidelines for Teaching the Holocaust 

Key Topics to Consider when Teaching the Holocaust (pdf)

Pyramid of Hate (pdf - from the ADL)

Statistics - Jewish Populations and Losses by Country (pdf)

Chronology of the Holocaust (pdf - from the USHMM)

Suggested Websites (pdf) 

Non-Jewish Victims (link to USHMM) 



Studying the Holocaust challenges students and citizens of all ages to promote human dignity, confront hatred, and work to prevent genocide. Choose a b'nai mitzvah project that focuses on an aspect of the Holocaust. YOU have the opporutnity to take actions that will have a positive effect on our world now and on our future.

Initial steps for teaching about the Holocaust:

Become acquainted with Holocaust history; Review "Guidelines" for teaching about the Holocaust; Develop your goals; Decide on a timeframe; Choose themes; Find resources.

FROM TEACHERS FOR TEACHERS An online project that allows teachers to share lessons and activities, and comment on how they used the materials. Have a lesson, activity, or resource you would like to post? Email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . All materials will be reviewed by the Holocaust Center before being posted.

STUDYING THE HOLOCAUST: RESISTANCE, RESCUE, AND SURVIVAL, published in the Seattle Times, Newspapers In Education - 14 articles explore the Holocaust and issues relevant to today: moral courage, civil liberties, and social responsibility. Integrated into these themes are stories of local survivors. The teacher guide offers additional background information, quotes from local survivors, activities, and suggested resources. For grades 7-12.

STORIES AMONG US: PERSONAL ACCOUNTS OF GENOCIDE, published in the Seattle Times, 2008
Published in the Seattle Times on Wednesdays, April 9 - June 11, 2008, this 10-article series focuses on the stories of individuals in our community directly affected by genocide during the past century.



Below is a sampling of some of the teacher guides available for books and movies.  If you would like to receive a copy of one of these guides, or if there is a book/dvd for which you want a guide that is not listed, please contact Ilana Cone Kennedy, Director of Education, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

All But My Life, by Gerda Weissmann Klein; The Diary of Anne Frank; Daniel's Story by Carol Matas; Hana's Suitcase by Karen Levine; Night by Elie Wiesel; Number the Stars by Lois Lowry; "Schindler's List" (film); And More!



No Bullying

Bully - the movie and the project

A Case Study in Ostracism - By Facing History and Ourselves 

A Thin Line - MTV's anti-bullying campaign website

Bullied: Teen Stories from Generation PRX - The Youth Radio Producers Hub. 

"Find A Voice" campaign. It's not always just about the bully and the victim. Everyone's involved. This powerful video is only 30 seconds, but will change the way you respond to bullying.

Bullying Awareness Guidebook - By Accredited Schools Online in conjunction with two experts - Dr. Ben Michaelis is a clinical psychologist and regular guest/contributor on Huffington Post, Fox News, and the Today Show, and Dr. Steven C. Schlozman an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and also serves as the Associate Director of the Clay Center for Young Health Minds. 




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Anne Frank Museum Amsterdam

Anne Frank Center USA

Facing History and Ourselves

Jewish Foundation for the Righteous (JFR)

Jewish Partisans Educational Foundation (JPEF)

Simon Wiesenthal Center - Museum of Tolerance

Teaching Tolerance - Southern Poverty Law Center

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM)

USC Shoah Foundation and iWitness

Yad Vashem - Jerusalem

For handouts or information on specific topics, please contact Ilana Cone Kennedy, Director of Education, at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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