"If you don't know at least part of the story, if you don't know that there is a story, then we shall bequeath upon our descendants a sense of shame. We could not save those who died but we can save them from dying again because to forget is to kill them again. So why should the next generation in the 21st century live with that shame? For the dead and the living, we must bear witness." - Elie Wiesel
Champaign Resident Remembers the Kindertransport
Franklin students learn about Holocaust, create their own 'museum'
News Gazette — If the propaganda Nazis used in Germany existed in the U.S. today, it might take the form of ads disparaging blacks and encouraging people to burn down their houses.
Franklin Middle School's 200 eighth graders learned and presented these facts, and many more, when they created their own Holocaust Museum on Thursday at the school. It's the fifth year for the school's museum.
The students have spent five weeks learning about the Holocaust in social studies and language arts classes, with some science and math lessons included as well, said teacher Trina Wetzel. The museum allowed students to dig into the areas of the Holocaust and related topics they were interested in. Full News Gazette Article
Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus
CUJF Holocaust Education Committee
Brian B. Kahn, Chair
The Holocaust Education committee serves as a resource to help school systems comply with the 1990 Illinois state mandate to teach about the Holocaust in fifth, eight, and tenth grades. (Public Act 86-780)
The committee is also dedicated to providing assistance to all individuals in the greater Champaign-Urbana area who wish to address the universal lessons to be learned from the Holocaust.
The committee sends information about the Holocaust to public school teachers and college students majoring in education; sponsors and grants scholarships for in-service teacher training programs; provides videos, books, and newspapers to local libraries and schools and speakers to area classrooms.
In-service Training for Educators
Members: Terri Gitler, Robin Goettel, Jennifer Klatsky, Rebecca Lawson, Ilene Silverman, Bob Lehmann, Amy Wolf
Education Trunks were developed to assist in your teaching. Illinois State Code mandates teaching of the Holocaust at elementary and secondary levels, usually done in 5th, 8th, and 10th grades.
The resources you choose will provide you with a ready-to-use unit that is grade-appropriate and relevant to all learning styles.
We have assembled materials that reflect varying levels of readability. You can select from a variety of print, audiovisual, and electronic resources. Complete information
Holocaust Education Professional Interest Community
The mission of the Holocaust Education Professional Interest Community is to strengthen the conditions for a just and humane life in society by collecting and disseminating knowledge and information concerning the Holocaust (1939-45).
The commitment of this network is based on the recognition that the historical lessons of the Holocaust are of profound importance to people of all races, religions, and ethnic backgrounds. More information
Childrens Book Bibliography
Rather than "reinventing the wheel" so to speak, we would like to direct you to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum website. The direct link to the section for teachers is here.
Holocaust Related Articles
Our Shared Legacy
World War II and “The Joint”
Welcome to our extraordinary collection of documents and photographs from the World War II era. Explore our shared legacy of “The Joint’s” work rescuing and providing relief during and after the Holocaust. More details