The New England Holocaust Memorial (NEHM) Mobile Tour was developed in collaboration with Facing History and Ourselves, an international educational organization that helps students connect choices made in the past to those they will confront in their own lives. These resources provide a rich, deep, and comprehensive learning experience to educators who want to make their teaching about the Holocaust relevant and meaningful to students. Explore the connections to current antisemitism, bigotry, racism, and hate with Facing History and Ourselves.
Educator resources for New England Holocaust Memorial
The New England Holocaust Memorial (NEHM) Virtual Tour provides a rich, deep, and comprehensive learning experience to educators who want to make their teaching about the Holocaust relevant and meaningful to students. Explore the connections to current antisemitism, bigotry, racism, and hate.
Pre-visit lesson plans and resources
If you are looking for resources to teach about the Holocaust, it is helpful to look at the lessons in Facing History and Ourselves’ Holocaust and Human Behavior, one week unit and one month unit for essential background. This video provides a concise summary of the phases of the Holocaust.
The following lesson plans and resources provide helpful supporting materials to specific Stops on the NEHM Virtual Tour:
How Should We Remember?: How should we remember the past? What impact do memorials and monuments have on the way we think about history? What parts of the history of the Holocaust are most important for us to remember today? How can we ensure that this history is not forgotten?
Using Testimony to Teach: What can we learn from the voices of survivors; first hand accounts of their unique experiences before, during and after the Holocaust. Use the video clips in the tour to listen to their voices and the lessons here to expand your exploration.
How are names and numbers used as symbols in this memorial? How does our understanding of numbers and names affect our understanding of the Holocaust? This is a general exploratory lesson for the memorial.
The Power of Propaganda: How did the Nazis use propaganda to influence individuals’ attitudes and actions and to cultivate public support for their idea of a “national community”? How do explicit and implicit messages in the media (including television, the internet, film, radio, etc.) influence people’s beliefs, feelings, and actions?
Kristallnacht: What do the variety of responses to Kristallnacht teach us about the ways that people respond in times of fear and crisis?
Teaching Salvaged Pages: Young Writers’ Diaries of the Holocaust: The lessons in this collection can be taught as a set, following the chronology of the Holocaust, or used individually. Each lesson uses core academic skills to engage learners in a careful study of the text as an entry point to an exploration of a key event or theme in the history of the Holocaust.
Teaching Night : Elie Wiesel lived and taught at Boston University where a Center is named after him. His memoir, Night, is read all over the world and is required reading in many schools in Massachusetts.
Anna Ornstein: Hear how Anna Orenstein’s story has impacted teachers, students and family.
After Charlottesville: Public Memory and the Contested Meaning of Monuments: What is the purpose of memorials and monuments? What impact do they have on us and the way we think about history? What can we learn from memorials and monuments about the beliefs and values of the people who created them? How can individuals and communities shape public memory and influence people’s beliefs and attitudes through the creation of memorials and monuments
Visit Facing History’s Professional Development calendar to find in-person workshops and seminars, or explore their On-Demand Learning Center for professional learning experiences that fit your schedule. Some Holocaust-themed examples include