Students will learn about American responses to Nazism, war, and genocide in the 1930s and 1940s. This lesson promotes reflection and critical thinking about the various factors that shaped American attitudes, the potential for individual action, and America’s role in the world during that time and today.
Engage directly with primary sources related to the Holocaust. Set up customized courses to create customized learning experiences featuring original diaries, letters, oral histories, art, and other materials.
Participants look in local newspapers for news and opinion about 46 different Holocaust-era events that took place in the United States and Europe, and submit articles they find to a national database, as well as information about newspapers that did not cover events.
Utilizing an object-based learning experience, educational technology, and its world-class exhibits, the Museum uses its rich collection of artifacts, archives, and oral histories to take history beyond the pages of textbooks and into the hands of curious students.
US Holocaust Memorial Museum educators and historians created these lesson plans for use in secondary classrooms. Click on a lesson plan to see its recommended grade level, subjects covered, and time required to complete.