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What are Holocaust Teaching Trunks? How does the program work?
- Within Washington State: Trunks are free to borrow.
- Outside of Washington State: The borrower is responsible for shipping and handling charges. Payment is due two weeks prior to the loan period. Trunks are shipped via FedEx Ground.
- Holocaust Trunks contain books for an entire class, posters, films, activities, maps, artifacts, and teacher guides.
- Trunks are loaned out for approximately 4 weeks at a time unless special arrangements are made with the Holocaust Center.
- See below to find the trunk that best fits your class.
5th/6th grade trunk | 7th/8th grade Trunk | High School Trunk | "All But My Life" Trunk | "Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl" Trunk | Companion to Diary of Anne Frank Trunk | "Daniel's Story" Trunk | "Hana's Suitcase" Trunk | "Maus" Trunk | "Night" Trunk | Companion to Night Trunk | "Number the Stars" Trunk | Tikkun Olam Trunk
This trunk, devoted to the Holocaust as perceived by children, attempts to share the experiences of just a few of the one and a half million children who perished, as well as the stories of the youth who managed to survive, and the courageous stories of individuals who risked their lives to help others. Through this focus on children, students will attain a more personal understanding of the Holocaust and the difficult circumstances with which people were faced. Students are encouraged to consider the effects of stereotyping, alienation, and prejudice. See contents of trunk
7th-8th Grade Trunk - Investigating the Holocaust: What Happened and Why?
A study of the Holocaust teaches not only critical lessons in history, but leads to an investigation of human behavior, moral courage, and social responsibility. Studying the Holocaust helps to illustrate what can happen when people hate - something that unfortunately is not limited to one time or place. Through teaching and studying the Holocaust, we encourage teachers and students alike to examine the historical context of the Holocaust as well as its importance in our society. This subject, raising questions of justice, individual identity, group identity, peer pressure, conformity, indifference, citizenship, and power, challenges students to confront these same issues often present in their daily lives. See contents of trunk
Documents – diaries, letters, drawings, and memoirs – created by those who participated in or witnessed the events of the past tell us something that even the best-written article or book cannot convey. The use of primary sources exposes students to important historical concepts. First, students become aware that all written history reflects an author’s interpretation of past events, and consequently, they learn to recognize a document’s subjective nature. It is through primary sources that the students directly touch the lives of people in the past (National Archives and Records Administration). By working with primary sources, students learn to think critically about what they are reading and to become involved in these debates about history. See contents of trunk
Includes: 35 copies of All But My Life, a teacher guide, and film.
Weissmann-Klein, Gerda. All But My Life. New York: Hill and Wang, 1957. | A classic of Holocaust literature, this is the story of a young woman's three years as a slave laborer of the Nazis and a three month forced winter march from Germany to Czechoslovakia that ends in a miraculous liberation. The ultimate lesson in humanity, hope, and friendship. Set is accompanied by a teacher guide and "One Survivor Remembers" film (1995). Recommended for 7th grade and up. Non-fiction.
Includes: 35 copies of Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl, a teacher guide, and film.
Frank, Anne. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl. New York: Bantam Books, 1993. | The diary of a young girl through the darkest times in our history. In her diary, Anne documents her two years in hiding, her first love, and her secrets. Set is accompanied by a teacher guide and "Short Life of Anne Frank" film (produced by the Anne Frank Center Amsterdam). Recommended for 6th grade and up. Non-fiction.
Is your class reading the Diary of Anne Frank? Anne Frank's diary is only one of many diaries written by Jewish teens during the Holocaust. Go deeper and analyze diverse experiences of teens during the Holocaust with the Companion to Anne Frank Trunk. This trunk includes diaries from teens during the Holocaust, films, and activities. Suggested for grade 7 and up. See contents of Companion to Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl Trunk.
Includes: 35 copies of Daniel's Story, a teacher guide, and film.
Matas, Carol. Daniel's Story. NY: Scholastic Inc., 1993. | The story of the Holocaust through the eyes of a young boy. Published in conjunction with the exhibit of the same name at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. This set is accompanied by a teacher guide and the short 15 minute film, "Daniel's Story." Recommended for grades 5 & 6. Historical Fiction.
Includes: 35 copies of Hana's Suitcase, a teacher guide, and film.
Levine, Karen. Hana's Suitcase. Illinois: Albert Whitman & Co., 2003.Levine, Karen. | Concerned that Japanese children would never learn about the Holocaust, Fumiko Ishioka, the director of the Tokyo Holocaust Education Center in Japan, wanted tangible evidence. She appealed to the Auschwitz Museum in Poland to loan her a few artifacts, and she received a battered suitcase with the name “Hanna Brady” written on it. Hana’s Suitcase alternates between Fumiko’s and her students’ quest to find clues to Hana’s life, and Hana’s own story. Set is accompanied by "Inside Hana's Suitcase" film (2010). Recommended for 5th grade and up. Non-fiction.
Includes 35 copies of Maus I and 15 copies of Maus II, and a teacher guide.
Spiegelman, Art. Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale. New York: Pantheon Books, 1973. | Spiegelman tells the story of a father who survived in Nazi Poland and his son who tries to come to terms with his family’s past. A novel, a documentary, a memoir, and a comic book. Recommended for 9th grade and up. Non-fiction.
Includes 35 copies of Night, a film, and teacher guide.
Wiesel, Elie. Night. New York: Bantam Books, 1960. Wiesel, Elie. Night. New York: Bantam Books, 1960. | A memoir that traces the life of the author at the age of 15 through his year spent in four concentration camps. The author writes as a pious teenager racked with guilt at having survived while his family did not. Set is accompanied by teacher guide and "Oprah and Elie Wiesel Return to Auschwitz" Film. Recommended for 9th grade and up. Non-fiction.
A classic of Holocaust literature, Night by Elie Wiesel is frequently read in high school. Materials in this supplemental kit will provide students and teachers with the voices and memoirs of others who experienced the Hungarian deportations, Auschwitz, and forced labor during the Holocaust. Also included are additional materials about and by Elie Wiesel as he reflected on the difficulty and aftermath of survival. Suggested for grade 9 and up. See contents of Companion to Night Trunk.
Includes 35 copies of Number the Stars, a film, and teacher guide.
Lowry, Lois. Number the Stars. New York: Yearling Book, 1989. | A story of a young Danish girl who must find remarkable courage to save her Jewish friend from the Nazis. Set is accompanied by a teacher guide and "Miracle at Midnight" film (1998). Recommended for 5th grade and up. Fiction.
The Tikkun Olam Trunk consists of 10 stand-alone classroom lessons with artifacts, hands on activities and interactive lessons that focus on the stories of local Holocaust survivors, Jewish values, and current events. Designed for both new and experienced 6th-12th grade teachers, directors, and administrators in synagogues and Jewish supplemental schools. Special thanks to Samis for making this resource possible! See contents and outline of Tikkun Olam Trunk.
Before filling out the form:
- Know which trunk you want;
- Know approximately what month you plan to use the materials;
- Have your school's complete mailing address (physical mailing address - no PO Box addresses) and phone number ready
Within Washington State: Trunks are free to borrow and will be shipped to you at no cost to you or your school.
Outside of Washington State: The borrower is responsible for shipping and handling charges. Payment is due 2 weeks prior to the loan period. Trunks are shipped via FedEx Ground.
Required: Complete after you have used a trunk.
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