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Guidelines for Teaching About the Holocaust
Topics to Teach
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has identified topic areas for you to consider while planning a course of study on the Holocaust. We recommend that you introduce your students to these topics even if you have limited time to teach about the Holocaust. An introduction to the topic areas is essential for providing students with a sense of the breadth of the history of the Holocaust.
In addition to these core topic areas, the USHMM recommends that, in your courses, you provide context for the events of the Holocaust by including information about antisemitism, Jewish life in Europe before the Holocaust, the aftermath of World War I, and the Nazi rise to power.
- World War II in Europe
- Murder of the Disabled (Euthanasia Program)
- Persecution and Murder of Jews
- Mobile Killing Squads (Einsatzgruppen)
- Expansion of the Concentration Camp System
- Killing Centers
- Additional Victims of Nazi Persecution
- Jewish Resistance and Non-Jewish Resistance
- United States
- Death Marches
Oral History: Anita Magnus Frank (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum)
What do you know about Anita based on this clip? Who is she? What time in her life is she remembering?
How is this testimony different that reading someone's diary? Looking at a photograph? Looking at an artifact?
How is Anita's story the same as Anne Frank's story? How is it different?
What type of challenges might historians encounter when interviewing people about an event that happened years ago?
Which type of primary source do you prefer analyzing when you study about history?