Please do not hesitate to request educational material:
- DVD "Path to Nazi Genocide" produced by United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (Subtitled by the Holocaust Programme in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish)
- Study Guide "The Last Flight of Petr Ginz" (available in all UN official languages)
- Women and the Holocaust educational DVD and study guide (available all UN official languages)
- Discussion Papers Journal, Volume I (available in all UN official languages)
- Discussion Papers Journal, Volume II (available in all UN official languages)
- Discussion Papers Journal, Volume III (available in English)
- Footprints for Hope educational video DVD (available in all UN official languages (subtitles))
- Posters (available in English, French, Spanish and Russian)
- Commemorative DVD (highlighting the first universal observance of the International Day of Commemoration on memory of the victims of the Holocaust)
- Partners Materials (available for download)
Information material can also be downloaded below.
Educational materials produced by
The Holocaust and United Nations
The set of 12 posters presents an overview of the Holocaust in the context of the Second World War and the founding of the United Nations. The posters are available in English, French, Russian and Spanish.
Testimony: the Liberation of Auschwitz Birkenau German Nazi Concentration Camp (1940-1945)
In observance of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations and the end of the Second World War, the Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme has produced an exhibition on Auschwitz Birkenau, the German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp that provides background on the camp along with testimony from the archive of USC Shoah Foundation -- The Institute for Visual History and Education. This 15-minute film tells the story of six individuals, who were either imprisoned in the camp or were soldiers in the Red Army that liberated the camp on 27 January 1945. The film has been subtitled in all six United Nations official languages and will be featured in exhibits mounted at New York Headquarters and at a number of locations around the world, in cooperation with the United Nations Information Centres.
The Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme has partnered with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to make a film resource and educational package available to educators around the world in all United Nations official languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish.
The film, The Path to Nazi Genocide, was produced by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and subtitled by the Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme. Together with an article and timeline on the Holocaust, the DVD will be distributed to the global network of United Nations Information Centres and teachers to assist them in introducing the Holocaust to students.
Using rare footage, the film examines the Nazis’ rise and consolidation of power in Germany and explores their ideology, propaganda, and persecution of Jews and other victims. It also outlines the path by which the Nazis and their collaborators led a state to war and to the murder of millions of people. By providing a concise overview of the Holocaust and those involved, this resource is intended to provoke reflection and discussion about the role of ordinary people, institutions and nations between 1918 and 1945.
To stream the DVD in the classroom in English and obtain additional educational resources, please visit www.ushmm.org. Educators may request a copy of the DVD with subtitles by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The film is intended for adult viewers, but selected segments may by appropriate for younger audience.
This film was made possible by generous support from Dr. Donald and Sue Hecht, the Bernice and Milton Stern Foundation, the Louis and Henrietta Blaustein Foundation and the May Family Endowment for Civic Responsibility.
"The Last Flight of Petr Ginz"
The United Nations Holocaust Outreach Programme has produced a 32-page study guide for students aged 13 and up that serves as a companion to the new animated documentary film entitled, “The Last Flight of Petr Ginz”, on the life and artwork of Petr Ginz, a Jewish boy from Prague who perished in the Holocaust at the age of 16. The publication features Petr’s art and writings, and provides historical context for the film and information about the United Nations, human rights and Holocaust remembrance activities.
Study Guide "The Last Flight of Petr Ginz"
"Women and the Holocaust: Courage and Compassion"
Study Guide and DVD
Each chapter of the study guide explores different situations and ways in which these courageous and caring women struggled to survive. Through their determination, leadership, compassion, dedication, courage and willpower, they fed their families, helped to maintain a sense of community and religious traditions and faced Nazi persecution with dignity and strength.
Study Guide "Women and the Holocaust: Courage and Compassion"
The Discussion Papers Journal series is a compilation of papers written by leading Holocaust and genocide studies scholars from around the world. The series aims to engage the minds of students and spark lively discussions to expand their awareness of how hatred, discrimination and human rights abuses are shaping world events today. Teachers and students will examine what the implications are for the future and what could and should be done by the international community to stem the tide of violence, ensure the rule of law and protect the most vulnerable. The views expressed by these scholars do not necessarily reflect those of the United Nations.
In Volume I, students are introduced to the subject of the Holocaust and its implications through experts in this field of study and testimonies from survivors. German Professor Monika Richarz provides the reader with historical context and insight into Jewish culture before the war and French-born Holocaust survivor Simone Veil gives a first-hand account of experiencing the Holocaust as a Jew. Hungarian writer László Teleki talks about the Roma experience and how this group was similarly targeted by the Nazis. Historian and Professor Yehuda Bauer (Israel) explains how the Holocaust evolved from a utopian ideology that involved hatred towards Jews, while Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiessel (USA) challenges the reader with the question “Why hate?” Other contributors include Professor Xu Xin (China), Professor Ben Kiernan (Australia), Professor Edward Kissi (South Africa), and Francis Deng (former Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-Generalon the Prevention of Genocide and today Permanent Representative of South Sudan to the United Nations).
Discussion Papers Journal, Vol. I
In Volume II, Chinese author Pan Guang delivers a gripping account of how Jews made their way to Shanghai during the Second World War while Polish writer Andrzej Mirga details the Nazi persecution of Roma and Sinti during the same period. Argentine professor Juan E. Méndez bring us to the 21st century with a discussion of the 2011 arrest and pending trial of accused Serbian war criminal Ratko Mladic. And the timeless value of Holocaust education is explored as South African Tali Nates shows how education is helping to heal the divisions wrought by apartheid in South Africa and Russian scholar Ilya Altman lays out Holocaust remembrance and education in contemporary Russia. Other contributors are Edward Mortimer and Kaja Shonick Glahn (UK / Germany), David Matas (Canada), Lenore Weitzman (USA), and Robert Krell (Canada).
Discussion Papers Journal, Vol. II
Volume III presents a diverse group of authors writing on a wide range of topics. Among the contributors are academics, researchers, and sociologists, the chairman of a world-renowned Holocaust museum, the Special Advisers to the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide and the Responsibility to Protect, a Hollywood filmmaker, and a former United Nations intern. They are from Canada, Denmark, Israel, Morocco, Senegal, Serbia, the United Kingdom and the United States. Their articles deal with a fascinating wide range of issues including Holocaust education in Denmark, and in Morocco; the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance; music and the Holocaust; rescue; the preservation of former Nazi concentration and death camps; crimes committed against the Roma and Sinti during the Second World War; the post-Holocaust memory of German-Jewish achievements; and the prevention of atrocity crimes.
Around the world, the network of United Nations Information Centres (UNICs) are invited to join the Footprints for Hope Project, the initiative of the Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme, developed in partnership with Paul Salmons, Head of Curriculum Development at the Holocaust Education Development Programme of University of London, and Cornelia Reetz of the United Kingdom Holocaust Centre. The video is available on DVD and in all UN official languages (subtitles).
- Why Teach about the Holocaust? produced by UNESCO Education Sector, Paris. This short introduction provides an essential overview on education about the Holocaust that can support policymakers, educators and student alike in their understanding of genocide and why it is vital that we continue to teach about the Holocaust.
- Recommendations on Teaching about the Holocaust, Genocide and Crimes against Humanity published by the Subcommittee on the Holocaust, other genocides and crimes against humanity of the Educational Working Group in the International Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research
- Teaching materials on the history of Jews and anti-Semitism in Europe published by the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)
Part 1, "Anti-Semitism in Europe up to 1945"
Part 2, "Anti-Semitism : a never ending struggle?"
Part 3, "Prejudices. You too?"
- Frequently Asked Questions on the Holocaust
English Version by Yad Vashem (Israel)
French Version by Memorial de la Shoah (France)
Spanish Version by El Museo del Holocausto de Houston (USA)
- Guidelines on “Preparing for Holocaust Memorial Days, suggestions for Educators”, published by Yad Vashem and the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)
- A Guide for Educators. "Addressing Anti-Semitism: Why and How?" published by Yad Vashem and the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)
- Teaching Guidelines and other materials avaible from the "One Person Can Make a Difference" Educational Programme (International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation) Jewish Partisans: Study Guides from the Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation
"Jewish Women in the Partisans"
"Frank Blaichman: Jewish Partisan Platoon Commander"
- The Buenos Aires Holocaust Museum publishes since 1994 uninterruptedly Nuestra Memoria (in Spanish), with more than 350 pages. This material confirms a substantial contribution to the study of the subject of the Shoah, providing a significant enrichment to the existing literature in Spanish.
Educational Materials on Roma and Sinti
- "Project Education of Roma Children in Europe" by the Council of Europe
Roma History: the Holocaust
Roma History: Concentration Camps
This website provides guidelines, facts, photos, and resources for educators on the fate of European Roma and Sinti during the Holocaust. It is a comprehensive look at Roma and Sinti life before the war, discrimination and persecution, and life under Nazi rule, including detention, forced labour, and mass murder. The site also provides an extensive glossary and a guide to resources listed by country. The website is an initiative of _erinnern.at _ , an initiative that focuses on teaching and learning about National Socialism and the Holocaust that was launched by the Austrian Ministry of Education, the Arts and Culture in 2000 and the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research (now known as the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA).
The experience of the Roma and Sinti during the Nazi period is not well known. Throughout Europe they were arrested, deported and murdered. Many were forced to perform slave labour in camps and ghettos. According to historians, some 250,000 to 500,000 Roma and Sinti perished, although consistent records documenting these specifics were not maintained. According to romasinti.eu, more than half of the victims were under 14. The stories of six of the Roma victims - Zoni Weisz, Krystyna Gil, Elina Machálkova, Settela Steinbach, Amalie Schaich Reinhardt and Karl Stojka are told on this online exhibition produced by University of Applied Sciences (Graz, Austria); National Socialist Documentation Centre of the City of Cologne (Germany); Anne Frank House (The Netherlands); Documentation and Cultural Centre of German Sinti and Roma (Heidelberg, Germany); and Museum of Culture (Brno, Czech Republic).