Tuesday, 12 December 2017

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The Holocaust and the United Nations outreach programme seeks to remind the world of the lessons to be learned from the Holocaust in order to help to prevent future acts of genocide.

Information about this programme is available on the UN website at http://www.un.org/holocaustremembrance/

The following educational material can be be consulted at the UNRIC Library.


Dismantling the Big Lie: The Protocols of the Elders of Zion
/ by Steven L. Jacobs and Mark Weitzman. Preface by Abraham Cooper. Simon Wiesenthal Center, Los Angeles, Ca. in association with KTAV Publishing House Inc., Jersey City, N.J. 2003. xiv, 232 p. ISBN 0-88125-785-0. 

The Holocaust: Frequently Asked Questions cover

The Holocaust: Frequently Asked Questions
/ Edited by Avraham and Robert Rozett. Yad Vashem in association with The Knesset – The Israeli Parliamentary Association for Holocaust Remembrance and Aid to Survivors. Jerusalem. 2005. 44 p. ISBN 965-308-253-1.

The Holocaust and the UN Outreach Programme: Discussion Papers Journal.
United Nations. New York. 2009. vi, 129 p.
Also available in Spanish.

Into the Arms of Strangers - Book coverInto the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport; The British Scheme that saved 10,000 Children from the Nazi Regime
/ Mark Jonathan Harris and Deborah Oppenheimer, Preface by Lord Richard Attenborough, Introduction by David Cesarani. Bloomsbury. London. 2000. xiii, 292 p. ISBN 0-7475-5092-1.

A Study Guide Based on the Film "Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport"
/ Written by Scott Chamberlin and Gretchen Skidmore. Warner Home Video. 2001. 36 p.


Study Guide "The Last Flight of Petr Ginz"
Online version: http://www.un.org/en/holocaustremembrance/2012/UN_Petr_Study-Guide.pdf
French online version: http://www.un.org/fr/holocaustremembrance/pdf/petrginzFr.pdf
Spanish online version: http://www.un.org/es/holocaustremembrance/2012/un_petr_study-guide_spanish.pdf

The Flight of Petr GinzThe Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme, in partnership with The International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem, The Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority and The Documentary Film Program at Wake Forest University, has produced this study guide for middle and high school students to accompany the film The Last Flight of Petr Ginz. The film is a production of The Documentary Film Program at Wake Forest University and The Documentary Institute at The University of Florida, and tells the story of a young Jewish boy from Prague who loved to write and draw.
This study guide attempts to open a window into Petr’s life through his creativity. His imagination was his only escape from the Nazis – it transported him to Prague, outer space, and other far away places beyond the confines of Terezin, where he was imprisoned. Petr’s writings and artwork can give us insight into the experience of one Jewish boy and how he dealt with the circumstances he found himself in during World War II. Through Petr's story, we might begin to understand something about the history and human that was the Holocaust.


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The Absence: Historic Legacy of the Survivors of the Holocaust.

A documentary film for present and future generations. The complete history of the Holocaust related by twelve survivors, narrated historical contexts of why it came to be and how the final solution was implemented, relevant archive footage, recreated scenes and  a message to all humankind.
DVD. 60 min. Spanish with English subtitles.

Daring to Resist - DVD coverDaring to Resist: Three Women Face the Holocaust / A film by Martha Goell Lubell and Barbara Attie.
DVD distributed by Women Make Movies. 1999. 57 minutes.

The documentary film features the stories of three young Jewish women who found unexpected ways to fight back against the Nazis during the Holocaust: one became a partisan, another shuttled Jews to safe houses and distributed resistance newspapers and third smuggled Jews across the border.


The Last Flight of Petr Ginz
Production of The Documentary Film Program at Wake Forest University and The Documentary Institute at The University of Florida

The Flight of Petr GinzThe film tells the story of Petr Ginz, a child from Prague who perished during the Holocaust. The film opens a window into Petr’s life through his artwork, novels, short stories and magazine articles, and the journey he made from child to young adult, from innocence to the painful awareness of inhumanity. By age14, he had written five novels and a diary about the Nazi occupation of Prague. By age 16, he had produced 120 drawings and paintings, edited an underground magazine in the Theresienstadt Ghetto, and written numerous short stories. Petr Ginz was murdered in Auschwitz in 1944.
What makes Petr’s story so relevant, contemporary and unusual, is the fact that he drew and painted what he saw and imagined. In the midst of death and chaos, he calmly, objectively, and at times humorously, related the horrors of his everyday existence.
Much of Petr’s story was unknown until the 2003 Columbia space shuttle tragedy. Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon, a member of the mission, had carried with him Petr’s drawing, “Moon Landscape”. The publicity surrounding the flight and its explosion led to the discovery of Petr’s diary and additional artwork and short stories in a Prague attic.

Official movie website: http://www.petrginz.com/


Footprints: Discovering the Holocaust through Historical Artefacts.
Conceived and presented by Paul Salmons, Institute of Education, University of London. Produced by Cornelia Reets, The Holocaust Centre. United Kingdom.
DVD available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.

Footprints: Discovering the Holocoust - DVD coverThis educational video was created for the Footprints for Hope project, a new initiative from the Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme designed to involve students aged 13 years and older in the study of the Holocaust. This film is accompanied by a lesson plan and PowerPoint presentation titles “Ordinary Things? Discovering the Holocaust through Historical Artefacts”.
The activity centres around one of the most painful graphic images from the Holocaust, the shoes of the victims who perished in Nazi death camps. Following the classroom lesson, students will draw inspiration for a more hopeful future by creating colourful art out of used footwear. The aim of this activity is to further the students’ understanding of the Holocaust and encourage respect for human rights and the dignity and worth of every person.

The Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme.
United Nations Department of Public Information. 2007. (DVD for Educators)

This historic DVD highlights the first universal observance of the International Day of Commemoration on memory of the victims of the Holocaust that was held at the United Nations on 27 January 2006.  It features Professor Yehuda Bauer, Academic Advisor to Yad Vashem and the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research; Ms. Gerda Klein of the Gerda and Kurt Klein Foundation, Holocaust survivor and author, as well as the performance of the Zamir Chorale of Boston. The DVD is to be utilized for educational purposes to help raise awareness of the Holocaust and to further understanding of the issues that lead to intolerance in order to help prevent genocide.

Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport; The British Scheme that saved 10,000 Children from the Nazi Regime.
DVD.  2000. 113 min.

Into the Arms of Strangers - DVD coverThe film describes how for nine months prior to the outbreak of World War II, in an unprecedented act of mercy, Great Britain conducted an extraordinary rescue mission known as the Kindertransport. Ten thousand endangered children were transported from their homes in Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, and Poland and placed into foster homes and hostels, expecting eventually to be reunited with their parents. The majority of the children never saw their families again. Told in the words of the child survivors, rescuers, parents and foster parents and illustrated with rare archival footage and photographs, Into the Arms of Strangers recounts the remarkable story of this rescue operation and its dramatic impact on the lives of the children who were saved.
A French version is also available: "Les chemins de liberté"


The Rescuers.
DVD. 94 minutes. English & French.

Directed by Emmy-winning filmmaker Michael King, The Rescuers takes the viewer on a journey to examine how the Holocaust unfolded in several countries across Europe.  The story is told through the eyes of Stephanie Nyombayire, an activist who lost members of her family in the 1994 Rwanda genocide, and pre-eminent historian Sir Martin Gilbert, who lost family members in the Holocaust.  As they travel across 15 countries and three continents interviewing survivors and descendants of the rescuers, Ms. Nyombayire and Sir Martin explore the mystery of goodness in the face of danger.

Testimony of the Human Spirit: Six survivors of the Holocaust tell their stories / Narrated by Eli Wallach.
(A project of the Westchester Holocaust Education Centre, Purchase, New York).
DVD. 2004. 117 minutes.

Written and directed by Sarah Kate Robbins and narrated by acclaimed actor Eli Wallach, "Testimony of the Human Spirit" is a four-part documentary film that examines the Holocaust through the eyes of six men and women who were children or teenagers during the Third Reich. The film traces its subjects' individual journeys from persecution through liberation to the shores of America, where they overcame personal loss and degradation to create meaningful, productive lives. Their stories will resonate with both adult and teenage viewers.

Women and the Holocaust: Courage and Compassion.

Study Guide and DVD Testimony.
DVD on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/HolocaustRemembrance 
Study Guide: http://www.un.org/en/holocaustremembrance/EM/pdf/Women%20and%20the%20Holocaust%20%28English%29.pdf

Women and the Holocaust - DVD coverThe Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme, in partnership with the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education and Yad Vashem, The Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority, has produced a study guide and DVD for high school students to better understand the ways in which the Holocaust affected women.
Women were forced to adapt and find strategies that would help to keep their families alive under impossible conditions. each chapter of the study guide explores different situations and ways in which these courageous and caring women struggled to survive. Through their determination, leadership, compassion, dedication, courage and willpower, they fed their families, helped to maintain a sense of community and religious traditions and faced Nazi persecution with dignity and strength.
The DVD features Holocaust survivors from several countries who share their personal stories: Esther Bem, Anna Heilman, Agnes Kun, Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, Julia Lentini and Vladka Meed.
The study guide is also available in French.


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Teaching Kits 

Factsheets on Roma History.

Council of Europe. Project Education of Roma Children in Europe.

Factsheets on Roma History - coverThese factsheets deal with the Roma, an European nation with Indian roots. The Indian origin and affiliation of the Roma is most obvious linguistically, by the language still spoken by many members of this heterogeneous ethnicity. The Roma consist of various groups, which are labelled with different ethnonymes – self designations as well as external designations: Arlije, Calé, Gurbet, Kaale, Kalderaš, Lovara, Manuš, Sepečides, Sinti, Ursari, etc.; many groups also use the self-designation Roma. Usually all these groups are summarised – sometimes even together with population groups of non Indian origin – by the pejorative denomination “Gypsies”, which – out of descriptive reasons and without negative connotations – is sometimes also used in the factsheets.

The Footprints for Hope Project


The Footprints for Hope Project is a new initiative designed to bring the United Nations information centres and local schools together to involve students aged 13 years and older in the study of the Holocaust. The educational materials include a lesson plan, a power point presentation and a film that centre around one of the most painful graphic images from the Holocaust, the shoes of the victims who perished in Nazi death camps. Following this lesson, the students will draw inspiration for a more hopeful future by creating colourful art out of used footwear.  The aim of this activity is to further the students’ understanding of the Holocaust and encourage respect for human rights and the dignity and worth of every person.

Hana’s Suitcase
French version - La valise d'Hana : http://www.mhmc.ca/fr/pages/en-classe

Hana's SuitcaseThis educational kit – available in English and French - published by the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre include the book, Hana's Suitcase, written by Karen Levine, a teachers' guide produced by the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre, and a CBC television documentary about the story.
Hana's Suitcase is an award-winning book that tells the story of one woman's search through history to find out what happened to Hana, a Jewish girl who was killed in the concentration camp Auschwitz Birkenau at age 13.
The search began in March 2000 with the arrival of a child's suitcase from Auschwitz at the Tokyo Holocaust Education Resource Centre with a painted inscription on the side: a name, Hana Brady, a birthdate and the word "Waisenkind" (orphan). Spurred on by the children at the Centre, the curator embarked on a relentless search from Tokyo to Prague to Toronto to uncover the story of Hana and her fate at the hands of the Nazis.

One Survivor Remembers:  A Teaching Kit for Grades 8-12

One Survivor Remembers - Teaching kit cover

"One Survivor Remembers" tells the unforgettable story of Gerda Weissmann Klein's six-year ordeal as a victim of Nazi cruelty. Klein describes her years in Nazi labor camps and months on a forced death march. Though her experience was horrifying, Klein also remembers wonderful acts of decency and normalcy — testaments to the greatness of humanity. This teaching kit sheds light on the 20th century's terrible history of devastation and prejudice, yet offers hope that hatred can be overcome. It includes:

  • A 40-minute Oscar-winning documentary film by Kary Antholis (DVD);
  • A collection of primary documents, drawn from Klein's personal collection;
  • A resource booklet including a Holocaust timeline; and
  • A teacher's guide with standards-based lesson plans.


InTime coverStand Up, Speak Out, Lend a Hand! inTime Magazine.
Gerda and Kurt Klein Foundation. 2007. 8 p.

Further information: http://www.kleinfoundation.org/programs/inTime/default.asp


Teaching Materials on the History of Jews and Anti-Semitism in Europe
Published by OSCE/ODHIR, Anne Frank House & Vilnius Yiddish Institute. April 2007.
Part 1: Anti-Semitism in Europe up to 1945
Part 2: Anti-Semitism: a never-ending struggle?
Part 3: Prejudices. You too?

OSCE Teaching MaterialThese teaching materials were developed by the ODIHR and the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, in co-operation with experts from seven pilot countries. While each of the pilot countries has developed its own three-part package of materials in its respective national language, the ODIHR is providing here a translation of each of the parts - Part 1 of the Lithuanian version, Part 2 of the Polish version, and Part 3 of the Dutch version - as a sample for other countries that may be interested in adapting the materials for their own national context.
The materials were designed to provide schools and teachers with flexibility in terms of where to place such subject matter in their curriculum: they could fit easily into such subjects as History, Religious Studies, Literature, Social Studies, or be used on an interdisciplinary basis.


Further information

unescobrochureWhy teach about the Holocaust?
UNESCO brochure. 2013. 20 p.


UNRIC Library Backgrounder: Information on Genocide
(English or French)


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