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.
On January 27, 1945, Soviet forces liberated Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp. In 2005, the United Nations passed a resolution to mark January 27th as an international day of commemoration to honor the victims of the Holocaust.
Today, countries all over the world develop education programs and hold commemorations to impart the memory of the Holocaust to future generations.
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 November, a group of 106 diverse student leaders participated in the 16th Annual Grosfeld Family National Youth Leadership Mission. Traveling from Atlanta, Chicago, Florida, Los Angeles, New England, New Orleans, New York, Santa Barbara, San Diego and Washington DC to visit the Nation's Capital and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, students learned to apply the lessons of the Holocaust to present day issues of anti-Semitism, bigotry, and hate.