Use Art to Show Life and Death During the Holocaust

Use Art to Show Life and Death During the Holocaust

During the Holocaust, people created art while living in ghettos, concentration camps, or while in hiding. These pieces of art documented life in these places and showed events from the artist's perspective. Created by professional artists and everyday people, these works of art provide a lasting snapshot of life and death during Hitler's rise to power.
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A Different Kind of BattleField

A Different Kind of BattleField

From World War I

In the early years of WWI, army recruiters mined soccer games and rugby matches for recruits. According to historian Adam Hochschild, soccer games “proved the single best venue for recruiters.” Arriving spectators would see recruiters wearing sandwich boards bearing the message, “Your Country Needs You.” The game would start with a patriotic speech. Players often stepped forward to enlist, and fans quickly followed their lead.

My World

My World

From Global Citizenship

Through the “My World” Survey, people can identify which of the 17 SDGs matter most to them. At, you can take the survey and select six SDG priority areas. You can also view results by country to see what people care about across the globe.

Make Your Own Gordian Knot

Make Your Own Gordian Knot

From The Silk Road

One legend says Alexander conquered Asia by solving the puzzle of the Gordian Knot. According to a prophecy, whoever untied this endless knot would rule the continent. Alexander took the direct approach—he cut the knot open with his sword. Today, a “Gordian knot” means an unsolvable problem. No one knows exactly what the Gordian Knot looked like. But you can make a knot called a Turk’s Head appear “endless” by joining the ends after it’s...

Make a Culture Collage

Make a Culture Collage

From The Renaissance Thinkers

We use the term Renaissance to define the years in Europe from the 1300s through the 1600s. Is there one word or phrase that defines the era we live in right now? Let’s make a Culture Collage and see if we can find one.



Skipping Stones Honor Award for Teaching Resource

Children's Literature Review
This comprehensive, interdisciplinary guided study of the events that led to the Holocaust is designed to be used in a classroom situation. In addition to explaining the German decline that led to the scapegoating of Jews post-World War I, the book delves into the rise of National Socialism, Hitlers rise to power, the government-condoned prejudice against Jews, Romani, homosexuals, political prisons, and the disabled, among others. The author takes pains to explain the systemic destruction of approximately 75% of European Jews. In an attempt to inspire creative thinking about the Shoah and genocide in a more general way, sidebars and cartoons suggest vocabulary exercises, art and writing projects, and further exploration of internet sites accessible through QR codes with a cell phone, or through links provided to resource sites. . . . Six states in the U.S. have a required Holocaust curriculum and this will be a useful addition to their teaching.  Extensive backmatter includes glossary and resources.

“This informative history of the persecution of the Jewish population during WWII begins by covering anti- Semitism from its beginnings through the Holocaust. It recounts Hitler's rise to power, his founding of the Nazi party, and the increasing prejudices shown during that period toward Jews and others, such as the Romani people. It explains how these prejudices led to the Final Solution, the systematic mass murder of the Jews in concentration camps... Readers will gain an understanding of why they must ensure that genocide on any scale never happens again. This is a good overview of the topic for middle-grade history classrooms.”

The Children’s War Blog
“This history of the Holocaust is such a complicated, often confusing history that teaching it can be difficult - especially to upper elementary/middle school students. Most students have read novels that take place during World War II and the Holocaust, and while they certainly help to explain things, teaching the facts can still be difficult. How do you reckon the intentional destruction of 11 million people, including the attempted extermination of the entire Jewish race, 6 million of whom did indeed die at the hand of the Nazis, with the desire of one man bent on achieving his own ends of creating a master race.

So what makes this book different? The Holocaust: Racism and Genocide in World War II is not a book where the student passively receives information. This is an interactive book that helps readers understand the Holocaust using the Inquire and Investigate section found at the end of each chapter. Students are taught the use and value of primary sources, and there are activities for them that pertains to the particular chapters being studied. . .” Read the complete review online.


Detailed Book Description

About 11 million people were killed during the Holocaust, when the Nazi regime carried out systemic mass murder of Jewish people, Soviet civilians, criminals, the disabled, mentally ill, and other groups of people. In The Holocaust: Racism and Genocide in World War II, readers ages 12 to 15 learn about the long history of anti-Semitism and the events of one of the deadliest genocides in history.

  • Uses primary sources to engage readers in scholarly deconstruction of relevant material.
  • Activities encourage the development of important skills including comparing and contrasting, looking for detailed evidence, making deductions, and applying critical analysis to a wide variety of media.
Available In:
Hardcover, $22.95
Paperback, $17.95
Includes: Table of Contents | Timeline | Glossary | Resources | Index
Specs: 8 x 10 size | 4-color interior | 128 pages
Subject: Social Studies
Content Focus: World History



What Was the Holocaust?

Chapter 1
The Jewish People and Anti-Semitism

Chapter 2
The Rise of the Nazi Party

Chapter 3
Persecution and World War II

Chapter 4
The Final Solution: Extermination

Chapter 5
War’s End

Chapter 6
How Could the Holocaust Happen?

Chapter 7
Rescue and Resistance

Chapter 8
The Legacy of the Holocaust