Updated: Apr 13, 2021
Yom HaShoah, also known as Holocaust Remembrance Day, is observed from sunset on April 7 to sundown on April 8. Today we wanted to share a few ideas and resources to help you teach and explore lessons and literature from the Holocaust with your children or students. Many of these resources are available online.
Teach your children or students that antisemitism is racism.
Explore literature like:
Share student art projects of the Holocaust.
We wanted to highlight one additional resource available online. Benno and the Night of Broken Glass is a picture book showing the events of Kristallnacht through the eyes of a neighborhood cat, Benno. It is appropriate for ages 6-12 and is a gentle introduction to a difficult topic. Watch the video on Epic with your children or your class and follow this sample lesson plan.
We encourage you to take some time to look at the resources we have shared and determine how you will choose to observe Yom HaShoah with your children or students this week or in the future.
To request to loan a class set of Hana's Suitcase or Anne Frank's Diary, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amidst sharp increases in hate-fueled violence, xenophobia, and antisemitism, we must teach the next generation about the Holocaust. Exposing children to the experiences and stories of children during the Holocaust can allow them to relate and gain empathy for the victims of the Holocaust and other genocides. It can also help children learn to recognize the effects of hate, how hate precedes violence, and work to create safer schools and communities for all.