Teach Kids About the Holocaust with a Free Ebook
The Holocaust can be a difficult topic to teach to any age. The Holocaust was the systematic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of more than 6 million Jews and countless other people, including the mentally ill, disabled, and the Romani during World War II.
How do we delve into this disturbing topic in today’s classrooms? How do we examine the events and their lasting repercussions in a way that encourages discussion, discovery, empathy, and prevention?
The Holocaust is an essential topic for today’s middle grade and high school classrooms. Anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry rise to the surface of our shared cultural experience on a daily basis, and the web of communication that we are all a part of means we share in these events of discrimination, whether they are happening in our own school, in another city, or across the ocean in a far-off land. Our kids need the background information and understanding necessary to form containment barriers around these events, to know how to recognize and fight against oppression, and to keep themselves safe as they reach out to help others.
We published the book The Holocaust: Racism and Genocide in World War II because we want to be educational allies. The free ebook that we're offering is based on the print book and offers a few activities and resources that you can use to introduce this watershed moment to your students.