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Holocaust Learning Trunk Project

The Holocaust Learning Trunk Project is sponsored by the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust, the Georgia Department of Education, the Georgia Foundaiton for Public Education, and The Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, Inc.

About the Project

The project makes trunks full of educational materials available to middle schools throughout the entire state of Georgia. Each trunk contains a full complement of educational materials about the Holocaust. These trunks and the materials within are meant to be an interdisciplinary supplement to curriculum already in place and assist educators in fulfilling the State's Standards of Excellence by teaching the lessons of the Holocaust.

Trunks are housed by the State's 16 RESAs (Regional Educational Service Agency) and groups of individual school districts. The trunks are available to middle school educators for loan periods of 3 weeks. 

The Georgia Commission on the Holocaust and the Georgia Department of Education are working in concert to ensure the Holocaust Learning Trunk Project will cultivate positive character development and foster students' understanding of the importance of good citizenship.

Please click here for a more detailed overview of the Holocaust Learning Trunk Project.

Core Objectives

  • emphasize that hate is taught, not an innate trait by birth and it is a person’s choices that determine their role(s)
  • emphasize stories of rescue to demonstrate the significance of personal responsibility
  • emphasize personal testimony and not statistics
  • emphasize that all Jews were victims but not all victims were Jews
  • emphasize examples of non-violent resistance to demonstrate that even though most victims were not victims as a result of their choices but rather the choices of perpetrators, many victims made the choice to not let the Nazis take away their spirit and humanity

 

How it Works

The Georgia Commission on the Holocaust has distributed trunk to all of the state's 16 RESAs (Regional Educational Service Agency) and groups of individual school districts who are respoinsible for housing the trunks. 

Trunks are available for loan periods of 3 weeks to middle schools in the state of Georgia either through these housing agencies.

Educators interested in using a trunk in his or her classroom must request a trunk online. By utilizing the materials in a trunk, educators are able to teach the lessons of the Holocaust to all students in Georgia.

Once an educator has finished his or her unit, the trunk returns to the respective Holocaust Learning Trunk Project housing agency. Each educator is then required to complete and submit an online evaluation. This feedback ensure the success of the project and allows the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust to continue to improve the contents, teaching materials, and other resources.

About the Trunks

The exterior of each trunk is decorated by schools/organizations in metro Atlanta to answer the question "What are the lessons of the Holocaust?" or to commemorate Rescuers, Liberators, or Upstanders. Trunk decorating allows students to express the lessons of the Holocaust through medium of art. Each trunk has a story. No two trunk designs are alike and that is what makes this project unique. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to become involved in such an instrumental project. Participants are needed for 2012 Trunk Decorating. For more information please visit the Trunk Decorating page of this website.

After a trunk is decorated, it is brought back to the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust, packed full of materials, and delivered to its respective district. Some trunks will be launched in a special presentation at a school with a Holocaust speaker. For the Fall 2012 Trunk Presentation Schedule please click here.

There are currently two version of trunks currculating in districts throughout the state: pilot program trunks and second edition trunks.

Pilot Program Trunks

The project began with a a set of 33 trunks program during the 2011-2012 academic year, in partnership with The Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, Inc. and the Georgia Department of Education. These trunks were distributed among all 16 RESA (Regional Educational Service Agencies) in the state of Georgia and are available to middle school teachers in all districts. To view the scope of this distribution and the availability of these trunk, please click here.

Second Edition Trunks

A second set of trunks was launched in the 2012-2013 academic year to school districts in the state of Georgia based on need. These trunks are available to middle school teachers in corresponding districts. To view the scope of this distribution and the availability of these trunk, please click here.