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Guidelines for Teaching About the Holocaust

 Web version

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 antisemitismJewish life in Europe before the Holocaust, the aftermath of World War I, and the Nazi rise to power.





Anne Frank

The Secret Annex Online

Who's Who?: The People in the Annex, their Helpers, and others

Analyzing First Person Testimony - After the fact via live interview or recording

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?

Recommended Reading & Activites

Recommended Reading: Book List

Study Guide: I'm Still Here

Animated Maps