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 prepares educators to teach about the Holocaust in a way that stimulates engagement and critical thinking while providing opportunities for students to see the relevance of this complex history to their own lives.
Echoes and Reflections includes professional development offerings, a comprehensive Teacher's Resource Guide, visual history testimonies, and an expansive website with supplementary multimedia assets and supportive tools for secondary educators.
Viewing Denial, a new film recounting Deborah E. Lipstadt's trial against a Holocaust denier, provides an opportunity for students to learn about the Holocaust, Holocaust denial, antisemitism, and an important court battle that essentially put historical truth on trial. Several of the topics in Denial require context in order to fully understand the events of the trial. This discussion guide, prepared by ADL and Echoes and Reflections, offers suggested resources to provide context for students prior to watching the film, as well as additional topics for discussion and extension activities.