Illinois Holocaust and Genocide Commission
Museum leadership were appointed by Governor Pat Quinn to serve on this vital commission which provides educators, community leaders and all residents of Illinois with materials, guidelines, and information related to the Holocaust and genocide history, as well as educational activities and commemorative opportunities across the state.
A Teacher’s Guide to the Holocaust
Provides a broad spectrum of classroom resources using photographs, documents, art, music, movies and literature.
Anne Frank Museum
Provides comprehensive online resources on Anne Frank, including a bibliography, curriculum, downloadable materials and an interactive illustrated scrapbook on the life of Anne Frank for younger students.
Extensive resources and materials on issues of antisemitism, civil rights, hate crimes and the Holocaust.
Provides comprehensive resources on the Nazi persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses, including online and downloadable study guides and lesson plans, survivor memoirs, traveling exhibits, online exhibitions, interactive video conference with survivors, curriculum resources, and more.
Since 2000, Centropa has interviewed more than 1,250 elderly Jews still living in the 15 countries between the Baltic and the Aegean (from Estonia and Russia to Greece and Turkey). The interviews are audio taped, transcribed, translated and entered into a searchable, keyworded online database ‘Jewish Witness to a European Century’.
Einsatzgruppen Electronic Repository
Provides an extensive collection of documents, testimonies, trial transcripts and photographs documenting the brutal history of the Einsatzgruppen mobile killing units.
Encyclopedia Britannica’s “Holocaust Project”
The Holocaust Project is Britannica’s effort to make available to the public sound and thorough information on one of history’s darkest chapters, the Holocaust. More than a hundred articles comprise Britannica’s coverage which includes biographies, essays, photographs, and videos as well as discussion prompts appropriate for the classroom. This material constitutes, in essence, a free encyclopedia of the Holocaust.
Facing History and Ourselves
Facing History engages students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice, and antisemitism in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry. By studying the historical development and lessons of the Holocaust and other examples of genocide, students make the essential connection between history and the choices they confront in their own lives. Site provides comprehensive online resources, including downloadable lessons and units, classroom strategies, online modules, lending library and information on professional development opportunities.
Galicia Jewish Museum
The Galicia Jewish Museum exists to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust and celebrate the Jewish culture of Polish Galicia, presenting Jewish history from a new perspective. An innovative and unique institution located in Kazimierz, the Jewish district of Kraków, Poland, the Museum is a registered charity in Poland and the UK. The objectives of the Museum are to challenge the stereotypes and misconceptions typically associated with the Jewish past in Poland and to educate both Poles and Jews about their own histories, whilst encouraging them to think about the future.
Generations of the Shoah International
A worldwide network of children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors, all linked together with the common goals of preserving and honoring our legacy, sharing resources and programming ideas, providing emotional support to our members, and tackling issues of mutual interest.
Genocide Education Network of Illinois (GENI)
The Genocide Education Network of Illinois is a non-profit initiative founded in 2006 in response to the amendment to the Illinois Holocaust Education Mandate, to include the study of other genocides. GENI is a volunteer-based organization dedicated to assisting educators in identifying genocide education resources, obtain the training needed to effectively teach about genocide, and creating a forum for educators to network and share their experiences to develop new materials and methods.
The Gerda and Kurt Klein Foundation
The Gerda and Kurt Klein Foundation creates the opportunity for young people to understand the world and translate that understanding into positive action. This public non-profit foundation promotes education which teaches tolerance and respect for others, and encourages community service focusing on ending hunger.
Holocaust Teacher Resource Center
Sponsored by the Holocaust Education Foundation, Inc. Educators (K-12) will find material; including entire documents that may be downloaded for direct use in the classroom.
The Jagiellonian University (UJ), located in Kraków, Poland, is the second oldest university in central Europe. The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center works with UJ each summer to host a collaborative, week-long teacher training workshop on the Holocaust.
Jewish Foundation for the Righteous (JFR)
Jewish Foundation for the Righteous was established to fulfill the traditional Jewish commitment to hakarat hatov, the searching out and recognition of goodness. They provide financial assistance to aged and needy non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust. They also educate teachers and students about the history of the Holocaust and rescue. Educators will find valuable resources available for purchase, as well as information on seminar programs.
The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center is recognized as a Center of Excellence by the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous.
Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation
Considered to be the largest on-line resource for information on the Jewish partisans. The site’s materials are available free of charge, geared toward grades 7-12, and may be accessed directly from the classroom. Teachers and students can download study guides, watch personal testimonies, and explore a 3-D version of a partisan bunker and more.
Remember – Zachor
A growing database of background information including witness accounts, bibliographies; stories by children of survivors; and a growing section called “Legacy…An Education for Teachers” where teachers can come to learn from each other and share lessons.
Righteous Among the Nations
In 1963, Yad Vashem created a new program that singled out Gentiles who courageously rescued Jews during the Holocaust. Holocaust survivors wanted to express their gratitude and pay tribute to those who stood by their side when being persecuted. Righteous Among the Nations was a historical term taken from Jewish tradition that was used to describe non-Jews who came to the aid of Jewish people in times of need.
Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation
Containing testimonies from 56 countries and in 32 languages this site provides online lesson plans, downloadable or stream video for use in the classroom, as well as online exhibitions and special segments using an extensive archive of testimony.
Simon Wiesenthal Center
International Jewish human rights organization dedicated to preserving the memory of the Holocaust by fostering tolerance and understanding through community involvement, educational outreach, and social action. Large site with teacher’s resource materials.
Social Studies School Service (Resource Catalogue)
A private developer and vendor of educational resources featuring prescreened and evaluated teacher’s materials and lessons plans on teaching the Holocaust
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM)
A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, promote human dignity, and prevent genocide. Offers extensive resources with exceptional materials, narratives, images, virtual exhibitions, and lessons plans.
Yad Vashem, Israel Holocaust Martyr’s and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority
Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, is the Jewish people’s memorial to the murdered Six Million and symbolizes the ongoing confrontation with the rupture engendered by the Holocaust. Containing the world’s largest repository of information on the Holocaust, Yad Vashem is a leader in Shoah education, commemoration, research and documentation. Provides comprehensive online resources and a historical overview, virtual exhibitions, and lesson plans.