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What are Holocaust Teaching Trunks? How does the program work?
- Within Washington State: Trunks and Classroom Sets of Books are free to borrow.
- Outside of Washington State: We can offer $50 towards the cost of shipping. The borrower is responsible for the remainder of shipping and handling charges. Payment is due prior to the loan period. Trunks are shipped via FedEx Ground and weigh approximately 50-75 pounds. Book sets weigh 20 pounds.
- Holocaust Trunks & Classroom Sets contain books for an entire class, posters, films, activities, maps, artifacts, and teacher guides.
- Trunks and Classroom Sets are loaned out for approximately 4 weeks at a time unless special arrangements are made with the Holocaust Center.
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
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). Primary sources expose students to multiple perspectives on any given issue or event. Interpretations of the past are continuously debated among historians, policymakers, politicians, and ordinary citizens. 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
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 Anne Frank Companion Kit. The kit includes diaries from teens during the Holocaust, films, and activities. Suggested for grade 7 and up. See contents of Anne Frank Companion Kit.
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 Night Companion Kit.
Classroom sets of books include 35 copies of a selected title, teacher guide, and film.
A Convenient Hatred: The History of Antisemitism
Goldstein, Phyllis. A Convenient Hatred: The History of Antisemitism. Brookline, MA: Facing History and Ourselves, 2012. | This comprehensive history chronicles the existence of antisemitism in the world from 600 CE to the modern day. Sheds valuable light on the perpetuation of a dangerous prejudice. | Recommended for 9th grade and up. Non-fiction.
All But My Life
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.
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
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.
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.
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.
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.
Number the Stars
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.
Before filling out the form:
- Know which trunk or book set 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 and Classroom Sets of Books are free to borrow.
Outside of Washington State: We can offer $50 towards the cost of shipping. The borrower is responsible for the remainder of shipping and handling charges. Payment is due prior to the loan period. Trunks are shipped via FedEx Ground and weigh approximately 50-75 pounds.
Required: Complete after you have used a trunk or classroom set.
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