The Holocaust Learning Trunk Project is sponsored by the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust with support from The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, Inc. and the Georgia Foundation for Public Education, and in cooperation with the Georgia Department of Education.
The project provides trunks to schools throughout the entire state of Georgia for use in middle school classrooms. Each trunk contains a full complement of educational materials about the Holocaust. These trunks and the materials within are meant to supplement curriculum already in place and to assist educators in creating lesson plans that incorporate themes from Holocaust education.
The Georgia Commission on the Holocaust distributes Holocaust Learning Trunks throughout the state of Georgia. The trunks are housed by RESAs (Regional Service Educational Agencies), school districts, and/or schools.
The trunks and the contents are available only for use by middle school educators through their respective housing contact. (Please see this page to determine who the contact person is for your school.)
The trunks are meant to supplement curriculum already in place by providing educators with materials he/she can use in the classroom. Therefore, it is the educator's responsibility to create a lesson plan. The Teaching Guide includes guidelines for teaching about the Holocaust and resources such as a glossary and commonly asked questions. Lesson and activity modules are also included in the guide in order to assist educators in creating lesson plans using the second edition trunks contents.
Yes. All educators who have accessed any materials in the trunks are asked to submit an evaluation. The completion of evaluation forms are a requirement of the sponsoring grant organizations and are the only means to measure the success and scope of the Holocaust Learning Trunk Project.
Second Edition Trunk Evaluation: If you accessed a second edition trunk, please click here to complete the evaluation.
Not sure which trunk type you accessed? Please click here to reference the distribution chart.
The standard loan period is three weeks. However, this will vary on location depending on the availability of the trunk and/or the contents you would like to use.
There are three collections of trunk types currently in circulation: pilot program trunks, second edition trunks, and third edition trunks.
The contents of each pilot program trunk are identical with the exception of the color poster from The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous which varies in style from trunk to trunk.
The contents of each third edition trunk are identical.
Not sure which trunk type is accessible to you? Please click here to reference the distribution index. Once you click on the link for your local housing agency, it will list what type of trunk is available in that area.
Yes. The Georgia Commission on the Holocaust welcomes and encourages educators of all disciplines to utilize the statewide Holocaust Learning Trunk Project. Educators may work together or share the contents of the trunk during the standard loan period. There are no restrictions regarding the specific use of the trunk contents, although lesson modules are available in the Teaching Guide that were designed to assist educators in writing lesson plans.
The trunks were decorated by students at schools in metro Atlanta ranging from public, private and religiously affiliated.
Each trunk has a story. Some trunks include artist statements identifying the students who decorated the trunk. For a full list of the schools who participated in decorating trunks visit this webpage. Pictures and videos of trunks being decorated, quotes from students involved, and artists' statements are also on the website.
Please contact the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust's Public Education Manager Emma Ellingson at 770-206-1555.