School Programs

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.

We offer the following:

"From Ignorance and Fear to Knowledge and Understanding: Jews, Judaism and the Holocaust" Field Trip—provides a foundation for Holocaust study. It includes a visit to a synagogue with an introduction to Judaism and the symbolism of the synagogue, a visually interactive lesson on how the Nazis used words in their propaganda to shape the views of the German people toward the Jews and how the words used by students affect those in the world around them, and testimony from a Holocaust survivor. Register for the middle school or high school level programs.

Program packages—A Holocaust specialist will come into your classroom and address challenging topics such as:

  • Standing UP Instead of Standing BY
  • Hidden Children: Anne Frank, One of Many Voices
  • Night: One Powerful Memoir
  • Confronting Genocide Today
  • Context of the Holocaust
  • What America Knew
  • The History of Anti-Semitism
  • The Slippery Slope: on Nazi Propaganda
  • The Power of Words

If these programs do not meet your needs, contact our educator at who can create a program specific to your classroom. Programs can also be held at the Milwaukee Jewish Museum to supplement a tour of their onsite artifacts.

Holocaust Curriculum Materials Trunks—Each trunk is filled with the best Holocaust resources and curricular materials, and includes teacher resources, student textbooks, survivors’ personal narratives, maps and posters, DVD’s and a complete curriculum. Materials were carefully chosen to assist content area instruction in both social studies and English language arts. The Trunks were created with the intention that educators choose among materials that best fit their teaching goals and the different learning styles of their students. Both the middle school and high school level trunks can be borrowed free of charge.

Holocaust Resource Library--The library consists of an extensive collection of hundreds of books and curriculum materials on all aspets of the Holocaust. The library is available for teachers and students at no charge.

For more information about any of these programs or our other resources, contact Brittany Hager, HERC Coordinator, at 414-963-2710 or A registration form can be accessed by clicking on “Registration” on the left sidebar.