The Holocaust is woven into the very existence of those who lived during that time some seven decades ago. Today, young people’s knowledge of this horrific chapter of history is limited by educators’ choices in planning their classroom curriculum. Although the mandate of “Never Again” has proved difficult to achieve, the lessons of the Holocaust remain relevant and significant in the lives of youth, including the dangers of silence, the consequences of indifference, and the responsibility to protect the vulnerable. Through programs and curriculum, ADL helps educators bring these lessons to life for students.
Programs and resources for educators, students, community leaders, and familes that explore the enduring impact of the Holocaust and apply its lessons to contemporary issues of prejudice and moral decision making.
Echoes and Reflections provides middle and high school teachers with print and online resources that address academic standards in a comprehensive curriculum. The program integrates visual history testimony from Holocaust survivors and other witnesses and primary source materials into conveniently packaged lessons.
In the diary she received for her 13th birthday on June 12, 1942, Anne Frank wrote about her fears, hopes, and experiences in hiding. She shared, "I want to be useful or bring enjoyment to all people, even those I've never met. I want to go on living even after my death!" After the war, Anne Frank's diary was published, translated, and adapted for theater and film, touching the lives of millions of people across the world.
Learn about the experiences of other children during the Holocaust, read diary excerpts from a boy in the Lodz ghetto, and explore journal writing activities in Echoes and Reflections.