Friday, April 10, 2009

Holocaust Resources for Teachers

April is National Holocaust Month--a time to remember the victims of the European genocide and to teach your students about the causes, circumstances, and lessons of the Holocaust.

Here are essential resources for educators:

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum commemorates the Days of Remembrance with a ceremony in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda--and they provide information on organizing local events as well as resources for educators.

The University of Minnesota's Center for Holocaust Studies gives educators slides, film, video, and audio tapes for use in Holocaust and genocide education.

The USC Shoah Foundation Institute provides educators with online exhibits, lesson plans, documentary films, and a host of other resources.

Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1933-1945, an abridged edition of Saul Friedländer's definitive Pulitzer Prize-winning two-volume history of the Holocaust, is an essential study of this dark and complex history and a valuable tool for educators. The New York Times Book Review said, it "establishes itself as the standard historical work on Nazi Germany's mass murder of European Jews.... An account of unparalleled vividness and power that reads like a novel.... A masterpiece that will endure."

The original volumes from Saul Friedländer are still available: Nazi Germany and the Jews: Volume 1: The Years of Persecution 1933-1939 and The Years of Extermination: Volume 2: Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945.

Christopher Browning's Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland is a "remarkable—and singularly chilling—glimpse of human behavior...This meticulously
researched book…represents a major contribution to the literature of the Holocaust.” (Newsweek)

In 176 pages, historian Sybille Steinbacher offers a cogent and penetrating study of the mutation of a city into a place that has become synonymous with evil in Auschwitz: A History.

Educators who would like to consider any of these titles for course use should order an examination copy. If you've already decided to adopt one of these books, please request a desk copy.

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