Guidelines for Teaching About the Holocaust

Teaching Holocaust history demands a high level of sensitivity and keen awareness of the complexity of the subject matter. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum provides a set of ten guidelines that reflect approaches for effective teaching and are particularly relevant to Holocaust education.

  1. Define the term “Holocaust.”
  2. Do not teach or imply that the Holocaust was inevitable.
  3. Avoid simple answers to complex questions.
  4. Strive for precision of language.
  5. Strive for balance in establishing whose perspective informs your study of the Holocaust.
  6. Avoid comparisons of pain.
  7. Do not romanticize history.
  8. Contextualize the history.
  9. Translate statistics into people.
  10. Make responsible methodological choices.

The Georgia Commission on the Holocaust structures their resources and programs according to these guidelines.