(1) Every public high school is encouraged to include in its curriculum instruction on the events of the period in modern world history known as the Holocaust, during which six million Jews and millions of non-Jews were exterminated. The instruction may also include other examples from both ancient and modern history where subcultures or large human populations have been eradicated by the acts of humankind. The studying of this material is a reaffirmation of the commitment of free peoples never again to permit such occurrences.
RCW 28A.300.115. Passed by the Washington State Legislature in 1992.
1. Become aquainted with Holocaust history
2. Review "Guidelines for Teaching the Holocaust"
3. Develop your goals
4. Decide on a timeframe
5. Choose themes
6. Find resources
Holocaust history is complex. You do not need to be an expert, but you do need to have a general understanding of the history, Nazi ideology, and timeline of events.
A few suggested places to go for an overview:
10 guidelines as suggested by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. For full descriptions of these guidelines, click here.
In his book, Teaching and Studying the Holocaust, Samuel Totten, noted Holocaust Educator and Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Arkansas, suggests asking yourself the following questions:
Answering these questions is a great way to help narrow down which Holocaust related themes you may want to teach or study.
The length of time available strongly influences which areas you will cover and which resources you will use.
Regardless of how much time you have or can use, we assure you that even a short lesson over a couple of days can impact students and increase awareness. The Center staff is more than willing to work with you on your needs and timeframe.
The Holocaust Center staff is available to recommend the best books, videos/DVDs, websites, and lessons related to specific themes or topics.
In addition to the large collection of curricula at the Center, you will find literary and historical materials, posters and exhibits, videos and DVDs, artifacts, and primary source documents. Center staff is available for one-on-one consultation and can recommend materials that would be most appropriate for your group.
Almost all of the resources we suggest are available for loan from the Center at no cost to educators.
Some of the most effective and powerful resources we offer are the speakers on our Speakers Bureau. We are lucky enough to have eyewitnesses to the Holocaust who live in Washington State and volunteer their time to talk with students. We encourage you to follow the Speakers Bureau link to learn about the simple process of requesting a speaker to come to your class.