Trunk Descriptions



During these uncertain times we have created virtual versions of our teaching trunks.  Our virtual trunks offer accessibility to Educators who are teaching students virtually outside of the traditional classroom.  Virtual teaching trunks include access to e-books and digital texts, IHMEC developed films, remote lessons and activities, as well as digital “arte-facts” to help students explore the stories of local Holocaust survivors.





Due to COVID-19, starting on January 1, 2021, we will only be offering our Virtual Teaching Trunks. We will not be offering our Traveling Teaching Trunks at that time.  



Students will explore personal and cultural identity, empathy, family, and friendship through the lens of character education. They will explore how to be a contributing part of their local and global community, what it takes to care for themselves and others, and how to speak up for what is right.

Materials include: The Lion and the Mouse; The Name Jar; If You Lived Here: Houses of the World


Our Town, Our Community (Grades 3-4)

Students will investigate issues of immigration, cultural identity, community, and family through the threads of character education. They will explore how to be a responsible citizen, what it takes to care for themselves and others, how to speak up for those being bullied, and how to understand core values of respect, compassion, justice, civic virtue and citizenship.

Materials include: The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq; Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship; The Bus Ride that Changed History: The Story of Rosa Parks


Memory, History, Culture (Grades 5-6)

New! Historical “Arte-fact” Kits

Students examine how the lessons of Holocaust and genocide history can influence how we remember the past and whether we choose to take a stand for positive change in the future. This framework will explore how the themes of memory, history and culture intersect in an investigation into beginning Holocaust studies.

Materials Include: Letters from Rifka; Jacob’s Rescue; Good-Bye Marianne, replica textiles, documents, and photographs.

Historical Perspectives through Different Voices (Grades 7-8)

New! Historical “Arte-fact” Kits

Through the examination of fiction and non-fiction, diaries, and biographies students will focus on the historical impact of the Holocaust on individuals and be introduced to the more detailed history of the Holocaust, such as life in hiding, the ghettos and camps.

Materials Include: Bearing Witness: Stories of the Holocaust; Torn Thread; Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler’s Shadow, replica textiles, documents, and photographs.

Investigating Human Behavior (Grades 9-12)

New! Historical “Arte-fact” Kits

This trunk provides a comprehensive study of the history of the Holocaust through an analysis of human behavior and the categories of victim, perpetrator, bystander, helper and collaborator. Through connecting themes students analyze the human and moral implications of individual choice, responsibility, memory and what influences our decisions to be bystanders, and what encourages us to become upstanders.

Materials Include: Salvaged Pages; A Partisans Memoir; A Scrap of Time, replica textiles, documents, and photographs.

On Our Watch: Genocide and Human Rights (Grades 7-12)

At the high school level, students should have a desire to expand beyond their knowledge of the Holocaust and begin reflecting on the complexities of human rights violations and genocide. Resources will engage students in the further exploration of genocides in Armenia, Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda, and Darfur, as well as human rights abuses against Japanese-Americans during World War II and child soldier recruitment in countries such as Uganda and Sierra Leone. Through this combination of history and the examination of human behavior, we provide educators and students with tools necessary to explore the precarious nature of human and civil rights, and allow for an investigation into the dynamics and relationships that make up our diverse communities.

Materials Include: A Problem From Hell: America in the Age of Genocide; Zlata’s Diary: A Child’s Life in Wartime Sarajevo; First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers

NEW! Survivor Stories: Holocaust Eyewitness Focused Mini-Trunks (Grades 7-12)

This teaching trunk highlights the lives of Holocaust survivors and features stories of their personal journeys of endurance, resiliency, and strength during the Holocaust. Included in these new mini teaching trunks are literature circle sets of survivor memoirs, mini-documentary films, and “artefact” kits that include replicas of many objects from the Museum’s collection. How did a boy survive for two years, alone in an attic? How did 599 female prisoners working in a factory help keep a young girl alive in Auschwitz? How did a sister save her young brother by keeping him hidden in a concentration camp? What can we learn from the paintings of a teenage boy in hiding? Bring history to life through the personal memoirs and testimonies of survivors and learn by handling replicas of artifacts from the Museum’s photography and document collection.  

Materials Include: Will to Live: One Family’s Story of Surviving the Holocaust by Adam Starkopf; Lucie’s Hope by George Mueller; The Promise by Eva Schloss and Barbara Powers; Final Transports: The Holocaust Stories of Magda and George (documentary); Childhood Lost: The Holocaust Stories of George and Steen (documentary)

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