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.
This year's 2016 National Youth Leadership Mission took place November 13-16. 120 high school students from across the country traveled to Washington DC to learn the universal lessons of the Holocaust utilizing the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and to explore ways to combat bigotry and bias in their own lives and communities. Highlights included live testimony of a Holocaust survivor, a Rwandan Genocide survivor and the ADL Concert Against Hate at the Kennedy Center.
Students came from Albany, New England, New York City, Florida, Chicago, Denver, New Orleans, St. Louis, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, San Diego and the Washington DC area.