ADL strives to ensure that the horrors of the Holocaust are never forgotten or repeated. We do this through our own curricula, resources and special programming.
To help teachers transmit the lessons of the Holocaust, we offer Echoes and Reflections—Holocaust Education for 21st Century Classrooms, developed by ADL, USC Shoah Foundation and Yad Vashem. It provides everything teachers need to help today's students relate to what happened, from first-person narratives to historical photos, lesson plans and handouts. So far the program has reached more than 17,000 educators, who reach many times that number of students.
We also have a life-changing program for teens. Every year, ADL takes a select group of student leaders through the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, then teaches them to address bigotry and bias where they live. Typical responses to the ADL Grosfeld Family National Youth Leadership Mission are like this one from a 2012 participant: "My perspective on the world has taken on a completely different lens, and I will do anything to change what I can in my community."
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing."
— from Edmund Burke
See how far we've come in the last century–and how far we have yet to go–by reading ADL’s 2012 Annual Report celebrating our Centennial anniversary.Anti-Semitism Bigotry Hate Crimes Bullying Religious Freedom Extremism Israel Law Enforcement and Security Interfaith Return to Annual Report