Understanding and Teaching the Holocaust



“Hilton and Patt’s wide-ranging volume combines authoritative surveys of key aspects of the Holocaust―from antisemitism to postwar justice―with practical guides to using survivor testimonies, photographs, museums, and more with students. This book will help anyone involved in teaching about a subject that remains as challenging as it is urgent.”
—Doris Bergen, author of War and Genocide: A Concise History of the Holocaust

“This excellently organized volume gets teachers thinking deeply. . . . Each chapter is clear and easy to consult, making this a very helpful resource for busy teachers.”
—John-Paul Himka, University of Alberta

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Few topics in modern history draw the attention that the Holocaust does. The Shoah has become synonymous with unspeakable atrocity and unbearable suffering. Yet it has also been used to teach tolerance, empathy, resistance, and hope. Understanding and Teaching the Holocaust provides a starting point for teachers in many disciplines to illuminate this crucial event in world history for students. Using a vast array of source materials―from literature and film to survivor testimonies and interviews―the contributors demonstrate how to guide students through these sensitive and painful subjects within their specific historical and social contexts.
Each chapter provides pedagogical case studies for teaching content such as antisemitism, resistance and rescue, and the postwar lives of displaced persons. It will transform how students learn about the Holocaust and the circumstances surrounding it.