Historical Classroom

Brittany Hager, Coordinator


"Thank you so much for sharing your story.  I’ve never heard an actual survivor share their story in person and the fact that you were as confident as you were was really inspiring.  You taught us all so much about the history of the war and about life in general.  Thanks again for teaching us and letting us in on your piece of history."

- Rebecca, student at McFarland High School




The Holocaust is a historical event that we cannot afford to forget. What we learn from studying about this terrible time needs to be continually applied to the citizens of our world today. Our students, in particular, must develop an understanding of the Holocaust beyond mere historical facts. It is imperative that young people study the Holocaust to examine human behavior and understand that they have the freedom to make choices that can affect their lives and the lives of others.

The Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center provides programs for schools and the greater community that supplement the basic knowledge of Holocaust history and strive to lead individuals to making the world a better place in which to live. We consider educational programs that combat prejudice and promote understanding between people to be the most important memorials to all victims of racist policies.

Help your students learn more about the Holocaust and this critical period of world history. The Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center offers programs that enhance the study of the Holocaust and assist teachers in teaching this complex topic.


Educator Programs: A Holocaust Educator will visit your classroom and address challenging topics such as

  • Context of the Holocaust
  • Standing UP Instead of Standing BY
  • Confronting Genocide Today
  • Kristallnacht: The Night of Broken Glass
  • What is Propaganda?
  • The History of Anti-Semitism
  • Anne Frank, One of Many Voices
  • Night: One Powerful Memoir
  • What America Knew


Field Trips

  • From Ignorance and Fear to Knowledge and Understanding: Jews, Judaism, and the Holocaust (FIF)
  • In our Voices: Field Trip Partnership with the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center


Materials Trunks: Each trunk is filled with the best Holocaust resources and curricular materials for either middle or high school.


Library: The Holocaust Education Resource Center library consists of an extensive collection of hundreds of books and curricular materials on the Holocaust, diversity, genocide, and anti-semitism. The library is available for teachers, students, and community members at no charge.