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.
- Define the term “Holocaust.”
- Do not teach or imply that the Holocaust was inevitable.
- Avoid simple answers to complex questions.
- Strive for precision of language.
- Strive for balance in establishing whose perspective informs your study of the Holocaust.
- Avoid comparisons of pain.
- Do not romanticize history.
- Contextualize the history.
- Translate statistics into people.
- Make responsible methodological choices.
The Georgia Commission on the Holocaust structures their resources and programs according to these guidelines.