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Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission

Guidelines for Teaching about the Holocaust

The Holocaust has challenged the cognitive and communicative faculties of even those who were firsthand witnesses to its atrocities. Survivors refer to an inability to believe their own eyes in the moment, which affects their ability to record their experiences.

As educators who live in a time and place far removed from those events, we, too, are confronted with the difficulty of finding appropriate words, images, and mental models to make comprehensible the unimaginable. Yet it is our responsibility to do so. With regard to historical accuracy, sensitivity to student needs and to the subject matter, and appropriate levels of engagement, how may we most effectively reach students? What are the best practices in the classroom?

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) offers the following helpful guidelines on teaching about the Holocaust.

For further clarification on best teaching practices, and how they correlate to Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) standards and Advanced Placement (AP) curriculum, please contact our office (512.463.5108) or attend one of our workshops.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Guidelines for Teaching about the Holocaust