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Holocaust Education

We will never forget.

The Holocaust Education Committee (HEC) offers a variety of resources to assist in educating about the Holocaust. We can provide lesson plans, maps from the Holocaust and accounts from survivors.

The Tough Talks Speaker Series is an online, webinar series that offers support for having difficult conversations with your children about antisemitism and the Holocaust, tailored to the age of your child. With antisemitism on the rise around the globe, it is essential to have these tough conversations with our children. Please keep an eye out for upcoming webinar events

If you would like to view previous webinar sessions, please visit the links below. 
Tough Talks Webinar for parents of children grades 1-5
Tough Talks Webinar for parents of college-bound students

The Speakers Bureau consists of volunteers who are willing to tell their personal stories about the horrors of the Holocaust and the results of intolerance. Most of our speakers are Holocaust survivors and children of survivors.

Our Junior High School and High School Holocaust Trunks are also available for classroom use. Curricula and resource materials are provided, along with suggestions for student activities, videotapes for use in the classroom, and visual aids with explanatory notes. Age appropriate reading materials, simulated uniforms from a concentration camp, pictures that show family and school life before the Holocaust, and maps and time lines help educate students about the Holocaust. The items in the trunk are designed to offer your students an empathizing experience.

Holocaust Education Video Project is a collection of videotaped oral histories of Holocaust survivors providing first-hand testimonials designed to support learning in and out of the classroom.

A four-year calendar has been prepared and designed to assist school superintendents, boards, administrators, and teachers in planning and scheduling examinations, assemblies, field trips, sporting events, graduations, and other school-related events, activities, and programs. Businesses, organizations, government agencies, and the media may also find this calendar helpful in their planning. You can find the calendar by clicking here.

2023 Yom HaShoah Ceremonies

Annual City of Columbus Yom HaShoah Observance and Holocaust Remembrance

Organizations with Holocaust education resources

Anti-Defamation League

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry in the U.S. and abroad through information, education, legislation, and advocacy. ADL serves as a resource for government, media, law enforcement, educators and the public.

Echoes & Reflections

Echoes & Reflections is dedicated to reshaping the way that teachers and students understand, process, and navigate the world through the events of the Holocaust. The Holocaust is more than a historical event; it’s part of the larger human story. Educating students about its significance is a great responsibility. We partner with educators to help them introduce students to the complex themes of the Holocaust and to understand its lasting effect on the world.

Facing History & Ourselves

Facing History partners with educators around the world to help students prepare for civic life and better understand themselves and the world. Their research-based resources and professional learning events to support Social Studies and English Language Arts education. One of their core units of education is Holocaust and Human Behavior which provides classroom-ready readings, primary sources, and short documentary films that support a study of the Holocaust through the lens of human behavior.

International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance

The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance unites governments and experts to strengthen, advance and promote Holocaust education, research and remembrance and to uphold the commitments to the 2000 Stockholm Declaration. The IHRA’s network of trusted experts share their knowledge on early warning signs of present-day genocide and education on the Holocaust. This knowledge supports policymakers and educational multipliers in their efforts to develop effective curricula, and it informs government officials and NGOs active in global initiatives for genocide prevention. 

The Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center

The Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center is more than a state-of-the art museum. Offering dynamic public programming for all audiences, best-in-class curricular and educational resources, and cutting-edge community engagement opportunities, the Center is positioned as one of the premiere museums and resource centers in the country.

Ohio Holocaust and Genocide Memorial and Education Commission

The Ohio Holocaust and Genocide Memorial and Education Commission was established by legislation in December 2020 and consists of 15 members appointed by the Governor. The Commission’s duties are identified in Ohio Revised Code Section 197.08. Per statute, the Commission is charged with gathering and disseminating Holocaust and genocide educational resources and promoting awareness of issues relating to the Holocaust and genocide while advising state government officials on these relevant issues.

Simon Wiesenthal Center

The Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC) is a leading international Jewish human rights organization founded in 1977 by Rabbi Marvin Hier. With 400,000 member families, the SWC confronts anti-Semitism, hate, and terrorism, stands with Israel, defends the safety of Jews worldwide, and teaches the lessons of the Holocaust for future generations. The Wiesenthal Center is an accredited Non Governmental Organization (NGO) at the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the Organization of American States, the Latin American Parliament, and the Council of Europe.

USC Shoah Foundation

The Institute currently has more than 55,000 video testimonies, each one a unique source of insight and knowledge that offers powerful stories from history that demand to be explored and shared. The testimonies are preserved in the Visual History Archive, one of the largest digital collections of its kind in the world. They average a little over two hours each in length and were conducted in 65 countries and 44 languages. The vast majority of the testimonies contain a complete personal history of life before, during, and after the interviewee’s firsthand experience with genocide.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is one of the preeminent institutions for Holocaust education. The museum’s programs include classroom resources and lessons plans for middle and high school students designed for social studies/history classes and English/language arts classes. Links to many of their free, online resources are below.

Yad Vashem

Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, is the ultimate source for Holocaust education, documentation and research. From the Mount of Remembrance in Jerusalem, Yad Vashem’s integrated approach incorporates meaningful educational initiatives, groundbreaking research and inspirational exhibits.

Questions? Let’s connect.

Justin Shaw

Senior Director of Community Relations

Lauren Nemerovski

Manager of Israel & Community Relations