General Resources

General Resources

Below are resources for learning more about Holocaust history through books, websites, films, and maps. There is also a list of project suggestions for bar and bat mitzvah students as well as students in Jewish schools.

Resources for Survivor Stories

Books For Students

Older Elementary

  • The Tattooed Torah
    by Ginsburg, Marvell. New York: URJ Press 1983.
  • Star of Fear, Star of Hope
    by Hoestlandt, Jo. New York: Walker Books, 1996.
  • Rose Blance
    by Innocenti, Roberto. Mankato: Creative, 1985.
  • When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit
    by Kerr, Jean. New York: Dell Publishing, 1971.
  • Number the Stars
    by Lowry, Lois. New York: Laurel Leaf, 1998.
  • Daniel’s Story
    by Matas, Carol. New York and Toronto: Scholastic, 1993.
  • Greater Than Angles
    by Matas, Carol. New York and Toronto: Sagebrush, 2001.
  • Behind the Bedroom Wall: A Novel of Nazi Germany
    by Williams, Laura E. Minneapolis: Milkweed 1996.

Middle School

  • The House on Prague Street
    by Demetz, Hana. New York: St. Martin’s, 1980.
  • The Journey from Prague Street
    by Demetz, Hana. New York: St. Martin’s, 1990.
  • Love in a World of Sorrow: A Teenage Girl’s Holocaust Memoirs
    by Heller, Fanya Gottesfeld. New York: Devora Publishing, 2005.
  • The Night Spies: A Holocaust Remembrance Book for Young Readers
    by Kacer, Kathy. Toronto: Second Story, 2003.
  • I Was There
    by Richter, Hans Peter. U.K.: Puffin, 1992.
  • Friedrich
    by Richter, Hans Peter. U.K.: Puffin, 1992.
  • The Devil’s Arithmetic
    by Yolen, Jane. New York: Penguin, 1988.

High School

  • The Return of Gabriel
    by Armistead, John. Minneapolis: Milkweed, 2002.
  • The Diary of Anne Frank: The Revised Critical Edition
    by Frank, Anne. New York: Doubleday and Company, 2003.
  • Fiet’s Vase and Other Stories of Survival
    by Gold, Alison. Europe 1939-1945, Tarcher/Penguin, 2004.
  • The Assault
    by Mulisch, Harry. New York: Pantheon, 1985.
  • Maus: A Survivor’s Tale
    by Spiegelman, Art. New York: Pantheon, 1986.
  • Night
    by Wiesel, Eli. New York: Bantam, 1982.

Books For Teachers

Jewish Life and History

  • A History of the Jewish People
    by Ben Sasson, H. H., ed. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1976.
  • Heritage: Civilization and the Jews
    by Eban, Abba Solomon. New York: Summit Books, 1984.
  • The Timetables of Jewish History: A Chronology of the Most Important People and Events in Jewish History
    by Gribetz, Judah, ed. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1993.
  • The Jewish American Family Album
    by Hoobler, Dorothy and Thomas. New York: Oxford University Press, 1995.
  • Introduction to Jewish History
    by Rossel, Seymour. New York: Behrman House, 1983.
  • Jewish People, Jewish Thought
    by Seltzer, Robert M. New York: Prentice Hall, 1982, 2003.


  • Anti-Semitism: A History Portrayed
    Amsterdam: Anne Frank Foundation, 1989.
  • Anti-Semitism Through The Ages
    by Almog, Shmuel (ed.). Oxford: Pergamon Press, 1988.
  • From Prejudice to Destruction; Anti-Semitism from 1700-1933
    by Katz, Jacob. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1980.
  • Why the Jews: The Reason for Antisemitism
    by Prager, Dennis. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1983.
  • Because They Were Jews: A History of Anti-Semitism
    by Weinberg, Meyer. New York: Greenwood Press, 1986.

General Holocaust Resources

  • Hitler’s War Against the Jews: A Young Reader’s Version of The War Against the Jews 1933-1945
    by Altshuler, David A. Lucy S. Dawidowicz, ed. New York: Behrman House, 1978.
  • A History of the Holocaust
    by Bauer, Yehuda. New York; Franklin Watts, 1982.
  • The Holocaust
    by Brown, Richard & Peter Neville (eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999.
  • The War Against the Jews 1933-1945
    by Dawidowicz, Lucy. New York: Bantam, 1986.
  • Children with a Star: Jewish Youth in Nazi Europe
    by Dwork, Deborah. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1991.
  • Holocaust: A History
    by Dwork, Deborah, and Robert Jan van Pelt. New York: Norton, 2002.
  • The Holocaust: The Third Reich and the Jews
    by Engel, David. Harlow, England: Longman, 2002.
  • The Holocaust: The History of the Jews in Europe during the Second World War
    by Gilbert, Martin. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1986.
  • The Routledge Atlas of the Holocaust
    by Gilbert, Martin. London and New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2002.
  • Never Again: A History of the Holocaust
    by Gilbert, Martin. New York: Universe, 2000.
  • Encyclopedia of the Holocaust (4 Volumes)
    by Gutman, Israel, ed. New York: Macmillan, 1990.
  • The Destruction of the European Jews, Vol. III
    by Hilberg, Raul. New York: Holmes & Meier, 1985.
  • Between Dignity and Despair: Jewish Life in Nazi Germany
    by Kaplan, Marion A. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.
  • “The Holocaust,” in Global Studies, Vol. II
    by Willner, Mark et al. New York: Barron’s ducational Series, 1995.

Persecution of Non-Jewish Groups

  • A Mosaic of Victims: Non-Jews Persecuted and Murdered by the Nazis
    by Berenbaum, Michael, ed. New York: New York University Press, 1990.
  • Germany’s Black Holocaust, 1890-1945
    by Carr, Firpo. Scholar Technological Institute of Research, 2003.
  • The Other Victims: First-Person Stories of Non-Jews Persecuted by the Nazis
    by Friedman, Ina. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1990.
  • The Nazi Persecution of the Gypsies
    by Lewy, Guenter. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.
  • Hitler’s Black Victims: The Historical Experiences of Afro-Germans, European Blacks, Africans, and African Americans in the Nazi Era
    by Lusane, Clarence. New York and London: Routledge, 2002.
  • Destined to Witness: Growing up Black in Nazi Germany
    by Massaquoi, Hans Peter. New York: W. Morrow, 1999.
  • Kindertransport
    by Drucker, Olga Levy. New York: Henry Holt, 1992.
  • Memories of My Life in a Polish Village 1930-1949
    by Fluek, Toby Knobel. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1990.
  • The Diary of Anne Frank: The Critical Edition
    by Frank, Anne. New York: Doubleday and Company, 1989.
  • The Cap: The Price of a Life
    by Frister, Roman. New York: Grove Press, 2000.
  • My Secret Camera: Life in the Lodz Ghetto
    by Grossman, Mendel. San Diego: Gulliver Books, 2000.
  • I Too Had Dreams of a Bright Future: True Experiences of Children who Survived the Holocaust
    by Gurewitsch, Brana, ed. New York: Center for Holocaust Studies, 1988. (Teacher’s Guide is also available.)
  • Love in a World of Sorrow: A Teenage Girl’s Holocaust Memoirs
    by Heller, Fanya Gottesfeld. New York: Devorah Publishing, 2005.
  • Survival in Auschwitz
    by Levi, Primo. New York: Macmillan, 1987.
  • Promises to Keep: One Man’s Journey Against Terrible Odds
    by Michel, Ernest W. New York: Barricade, 1993.
  • One Man’s Valor: Leo Baeck and the Holocaust
    by Neimark, Anne E. New York: Dutton, 1986.
  • Maus: A Survivor’s Tale
    by Spiegelman, Art. New York: Pantheon, 1986.
  • Night
    by Wiesel, Elie. New York: Bantam, 1982.
  • Salvaged Pages: Young Writers’ Diaries of the Holocaust
    by Zapruder, Alexandra (ed.). New Haven: Yale University Press, 2002.
  • When Time Ran Out: Coming of Age in the Third Reich
    by Zeller, Frederic. New York: Permanent Press, 1989.


  • Rescuers Defying the Nazis: Non-Jewish Teens who Rescued Jews
    by Axelrod, Toby. New York: Rosen Publishers, 1999.
  • The Warsaw Ghetto: A Christian’s Testimony
    by Bartoszewski, Wladyslaw. Boston: Beacon Press, 1987.
  • The Holocaust Heroes
    by Freman, David K. Springfield: Enslow Publishers, 1998.
  • Anne Frank Remembered: The Story of the Woman Who Helped Hide the Frank Family
    by Gies, Miep with Alison Leslie Gold. New York: Simon and Shuster, 1987.
  • The Rescue of Danish Jewry
    by Goldberger, Leo, ed. New York: New York University Press, 1987.
  • Lest Innocent Blood Be Shed: The Story of the Village of Le Chambon and How Goodness Happened There
    by Hallie, Phillip. New York: Harper & Row, 1990.
  • Stories of Deliverance: Speaking with Men and Women Who Rescued Jews from the Holocaust
    by Halter, Marek. Chicago: Open Court, 1998.
  • Schindler’s List
    by Keneally, Thomas. New York: Simon and Shuster, 1992.
  • Wallenberg: The Man in the Iron Web
    by Lester, Elenore. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1982.
  • Who Shall Live: The Wilhelm Bachner Story
    by Oliner, Samuel and Kathleen Lee. Chicago: Academy Chicago Publishers, 1996.
  • I Shall Live: Surviving Against All Odds, 1939-1945
    by Orenstein, Henry. New York: Beaufort, 1987.
  • Saving the Jews: Amazing Stories of Men and Women Who Defied the “Final Solution”
    by Palidiel, Mordecai. Rockville: Schreiber, 2000.
  • The Courage to Care: Rescuers of Jews During the Holocaust
    by Rittner, Carol and Sondra Myers, eds. New York: New York University Press, 1986.
  • Secret War in Shanghai
    by Wasserstein, Bernard. New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1999.


  • “Forms of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust” in John K. Roth and Michael Berenbaum (eds.), Holocaust: Religious and Philosophical Implications
    by Bauer, Yehuda. New York: Paragon House, 1989.
  • The Bielski Brothers: The True Story of Three Men Who Defied the Nazis, Saved 1,200 Jews, and Built a Village in the Forest
    by Duffy, Peter. New York: HarperCollins, 2003.
  • Mothers, Sisters, Resisters: Oral Histories of Women Who Survived the Holocaust
    by Gurewitsch, Brana. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1998.
  • The Anthology of Armed Jewish Resistance
    by Kowalski, Isaac. New York: Jewish Combatants Publishing House, 1986.
  • The Bravest Battle : The Twenty-Eight Days of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
    by Kurzman, Dan. New York: Putnam, 1976.
  • Women in the Resistance and in the Holocaust: The Voice of Eyewitnesses
    by Laska, Vera. Westport: Greenwood Press, 1983.
  • Scream the Truth at the World: Emanuel Ringelblum and the Hidden Archive of the Warsaw Ghetto
    by Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust and the Historical Jewish Institute. Warsaw: Zydowski Instytut Historyczyny INB, 2001.
  • Escape from Sobibor
    by Rashe, Richard. Boston: Houghton-Mifflin, 1982.
  • Notes from Warsaw Ghetto: The Journal of Emmanuel Ringelblum
    by Ringelblum, Emmanuel. New York: Schocken, 1974.
  • To Tell at Last: Survival Under False Identity, 1941-45
    by Rosenberg, Blanca. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1993.
  • Touch Wood: A Girlhood in Occupied France
    by Roth-Hano, Renee. New York: Four Winds Press, 1988.
  • Defiance: The Bielski Partisans
    by Tec, Nechama. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993.
  • I Never Saw Another Butterfly: Children’s Drawings and Poems from Terezin Concentration Camps, 1942-44. (Expanded second edition by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.)
    by Volavkova, Hana, ed. New York: Schocken Books, 1993.
  • The Defiant
    by Yoran, Shalom. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1996.
  • A Surplus of Memory; Chronicle of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
    by Zuckerman, Yitzak. Berkley: University of California Press, 1993.

World Response

  • The Politics of Rescue: The Roosevelt Administration and the Holocaust, 1938-1945
    by Feingold, Henry. New York: Schocken, 1980.
  • While Six Million Died: A Chronicle of American Apathy
    by Morse, Arthur D. New York: Random House, 1967.
  • The Abandonment of the Jews: America and the Holocaust, 1941-1945
    by Wyman, David S. New York: Pantheon Books, 1984.
  • Paper Walls: America and the Refugee Crisis, 1938-1941(Revised Edition)
    by Wyman, David S. New York: Pantheon Books, 1985.
  • Aftermath and the Search for Justice
  • Eichmann in Jersusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil
    by Arendt, Hannah. New York: Penguin Books, 1994.
  • Nazi Gold: The Full Story of the Fifty-Year Swiss-Nazi Conspiracy to Steal Billions from Europe’s Jews and Holocaust Survivors
    by Bower, Tom. New York: HarperCollins, 1997.
  • The Holocaust and the Press: Nazi War Crimes Trials in Germany and Israel
    by Cohen, Akiba A., et al. Cresskill: Hampton Press, 2002.
  • Justice at Nuremberg: The First Comprehensive Dramatic Account of the Trial of the Nazi Leaders
    by Conot, Robert E. New York: Harper & Row, 1983.
  • Nazi Hunter
    by Freidman, Tuviah. Haifa: Institute for the Documentation of Nazi War Crimes, 1961.
  • The Nuremberg Interviews
    by Goldensohn, Leon, and Robert Gellately (eds.) New York: Knopf, 2004.
  • After the Holocaust
    by Greenfeld, Howard. New York: Greenwillow Books, 2001.
  • Tyranny on Trial: The Trial of the Major German War Criminals at the End of World War II at Nuremberg, Germany, 1945-1946
    by Harris, Whitney. Dallas: Southern Methodist University Press, 1999.
  • Justice in Jerusalem
    by Hausner, Gideon. New York: Harper & Row, 1966.
  • New Beginnings: Holocaust Survivors in Bergen-Belsen and the British Zone in Germany, 1945-1950
    by Lavsky, Hagit. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2002.
  • The Anatomy of the Nuremberg Trials
    by Taylor, Telford. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1992.
  • Eichmann Interrogated: Transcripts from the Archives of the Israeli Police. Trans. by Ralph Mannheim
    by Von Lang, Jochen. New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1983.

Human Rights

  • To Stand and Fight: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Postwar New York City
    by Biondi, Martha. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2003.
  • Children of the River
    by Crew, Linda. New York: Bantam, 1989.
  • Discrimination: Prejudice in Action
    by Gillam, Scott. Springfield: Enslow, 1995.
  • Many Thousand Gone: African Americans from Slavery to Freedom Illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon
    by Hamilton, Virginia. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1993.
  • Japanese Americans Struggle for Equality (Discrimination Series)
    by Hirabashi, Liane. Vero Beach, FL: Rourke, 1992.
  • The Road From Home: A True Story of Courage, Survival, and Hope
    by Kherdian, David. New York: Greenwillow, 1979.
  • God’s Long Summer: Stories of Faith and Civil Rights
    by Marsh, Charles. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1997.
  • The Antislavery Movement (Social Reform Movement Series)
    by Rogers, Thomas. New York: Facts on File, 1994.
  • Goodbye, Vietnam
    by Whelan, Gloria. New York: Random House, 1992.<
  • Hiroshima
    by Yep, Laurence. New York: Scholastic, 1995.


  • East Timor: A Western Made Tragedy
    by Aarons, Mark and Robert Domm. Sydney: Left Book Club, 1992.
  • The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America’s Response
    by Balakian, Peter. New York: HarperCollins, 2003.
  • Prosecuting War Crimes and Genocide: The Twentieth-Century Experience
    by Ball, Howard. Lawrence: University of Kansas Press, 1999.
  • Murder of a Gentle Land: The Untold Story of a Communist Genocide in Cambodia
    by Barron, John and Anthony Paul. New York: Reader’s Digest Press, 1977.
  • Mirrors of Destructions: War, Genocide and Modern Identity
    by Bartov, Omer. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000.
  • Revolution and Its Aftermath in Kampuchea: Eight Essays
    by Chandler, David P. and Kiernan, Ben, eds. New Haven: Yale University Southeast Asia Studies, 1983.
  • Falun Gong: The End of Days
    by Chang, Maria Hsia. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2004.
  • Preventing Genocide: How the Early Use of Force Might Have Succeeded in Rwanda
    by Feil, Scott R. Washington, D.C.: Carnegie Corporation, 1998.
  • The Prevention of Genocide: Rwanda and Yugoslavia Reconsidered
    by Fein, Helen (ed.). New York: Institute for the Study of Genocide, 1994.
  • Zlata’s Diary: A Child’s Life in Sarajevo
    by Filipovic, Zlata. London: Penguin, 1994.
  • We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda
    by Gourevitch, Philip. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1998.
  • Season of Blood: A Rwandan Journey
    by Keane, Fergal. London: Viking, 1995.
  • Genocide: Rwanda and Burundi
    by Nyankanzi, Edward L. New York: AAIC International, 1994.
  • Cambodia Year Zero
    by Ponchaud, François. New York: Penguin Books, 1977.
  • “A Problem from Hell”: America and the Age of Genocide
    by Power, Samantha. New York: Basic Books, 2002.
  • The World Court: What It Is and How It Works (Revised Edition)
    by Rosenne, Shabtai. Boston: M. Nyjhoff, 1995.
  • Rwanda, Killing the Evidence: Murder, Attacks, Arrests and Intimidation of Survivors and Witnesses
    London: African Rights, 1996.
  • Rwanda: An Agenda for International Action
    by Vassal-Adams, Guy. Oxford: Oxfam Publications, 1994.

Social Activism

  • The Helping Hands Handbook: A Guidebook for Kids Who Want to Help People, Animals, And the World We Live In—Over 100 Projects Kids Can Really Do!
    by Adams, Patricia, and Jean Marzollo. New York: Random House, 1992.
  • Talking Peace: A Vision for the Next Generation
    by Carter, Jimmy. New York: Dutton, 1993.
  • Respecting Our Differences: A Guide to Getting Along in a Changing World
    by Duvall, Lynn. Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit, 1994.
  • It’s Our World Too! Stories of Young People Who Are Making a Difference
    by Hoose, Philip. New York: Little Brown, 1993.
  • Girls and Young Women Leading the Way: Twenty True Stories About Leadership (Edited by Rosemary Wallner)
    by Karne, Francis A. and Bean, Suzanne M. Bean. Minneapolis: Free Spirit, 1993.
  • Amazing Kids
    by Kessler, Paula N. New York: Random House, 1995.
  • Taking a Stand Against Human Rights Abuses
    by Kronenwetter, Michael. New York: Franklin Watts, 1990.
  • Ain’t Gonna Study War No More
    by Meltzer, Milton. New York: Harper & Row, 1985.
  • It’s a Free Country! A Young Person’s Guide to Politics and Elections
    by Samuels, Cynthia K. New York: Atheneum, 1988.
  • Tell Me A Mitzvah: Little and Big Ways to Repair the World
    by Siegel, Danny. Rockville: Kar–Ben, 1993.

Studies in Holocaust Literature

  • Representing the Holocaust in Youth Literature
    by Kokkola, Lydia. New York and London: Routledge, 2002.

Holocaust and Social Action Websites

    Students are often familiar with “The Diary of Anne Frank”. This site (established in 2004) will offer more insight into Anne’s life, family, living quarters, etc. It is a direct link to the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. Site is available in English, German, Spanish, and Dutch.
    Extensive resource intended for use by students, teachers, and adult scholar researchers. Tabs include: Images, Education, Witnesses, Audio-Video, Links, and Bookstore.
    A collection of over 4,100 video testimonies from survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust. Edited selections from survivor accounts are intended for classroom use and are available for loan to educators.
    Museum and kibbutz in Israel founded by a community of Holocaust survivors, former members of the Jewish underground in the ghetto, and former partisans. Includes many educational resources.
    Based on the 800 page book, which is written in chronological format. The entire book has been reproduced on line with extensive search capabilities. There is no charge or registration requirements to utilize this extensive web site.
    A national essay contest for high-school students, designed to encourage and promote the study of the Holocaust.
    JewishGen, Inc. is the primary Internet source connecting researchers of Jewish genealogy worldwide. Its most popular components are the JewishGen Discussion Group, the JewishGen Family Finder (a database of 380,000 surnames and towns), the comprehensive directory of InfoFiles, ShtetLinks for over 200 communities, and a variety of databases such as the ShtetlSeeker and Jewish Records Indexing-Poland. JewishGen’s online Family Tree of the Jewish People contains data on more than three million people.
    The mission of the Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation is “to develop and distribute effective educational materials about the Jewish partisans, bringing this celebration of heroic resistance against tyranny into educational and cultural organizations.” Their website includes resources for students and teachers, and even features a virtual tour of a partisan bunker.
    Site dedicated to teaching about the Holocaust through the use of artwork created during the Holocaust and by survivors in the aftermath of war. Provides teaching materials appropriate for grades 4-12. Intended to supplement other lessons on the Holocaust.
    Museum’s official website. Includes descriptions of current programming, special exhibitions, and upcoming events, as well as Teachers Guides and information about professional development for educators.
    Jewish international foundation committed to topics in global human rights. The Center is dedicated to preserving the memory of the Holocaust by fostering tolerance and understanding through community involvement, educational outreach, and social action. This is the parent organization of the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles.
    Provides a broad range of free, anti-bias teaching resources and inter-group training for communities in the Deep South. Programs include Holocaust education, Civil Rights education, and Cross-Cultural Communication training.
    National institution dedicated to the documentation, study, and interpretation of Holocaust history. Site features past museum exhibitions and a Holocaust Encyclopedia. Also maintains a section devoted to “conscience” which monitors human rights abuses and genocide watches worldwide. The site can be navigated in English or in Spanish.
    Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes Remembrance Authority established in Israel in 1953. Site is available in both English and Hebrew. Offers a large amount of high quality educational resources.
    A comprehensive Web directory of non-profit resources, arranged by issue and geographic location. Includes detailed information about their specific services, volunteer opportunities, internships, job openings, upcoming events, and any material they have produced.
    Dedicated to promoting grassroots activism by: creating coalitions that link online activists with grassroots organizations; training online activists in effective organizing strategies and grassroots groups in effective use of technology for organizing, outreach and fundraising; and, educating the public, policymakers, and the media about technology-based social and political issues.
    Offers powerful, experiential trainings supporting leadership development for nonviolent social change. Emphasizing flexibility and creativity, they train trainers in the U.S. and around the world, helping groups and individuals to stand up for themselves more effectively.
    Main objectives: to act as a political anchor and human rights watchdog for Europe’s post-communist democracies, to assist the countries of Central and Eastern Europe in carrying out and consolidating political, legal and constitutional reform in parallel with economic reform, and to provide know-how in areas such as human rights, local democracy, education, culture and the environment.
    Provides a database that monitors contemporary manifestations of anti-Semitism and racism around the world as well as extremist/hate groups (right-wing, left-wing, Islamist). Unlike most databases, it is not only a catalog of documents but primarily a catalog of event descriptions (abstracted in English), based on one or more foreign or English-language sources.


Projects for Jewish Schools

  1. Research your own family history. When did your families come to the United States? Where did they come from? If you don’t know your family history, talk to your relatives about it. Write it out in a booklet like the ones provided here. Are there any photographs of your family from around this time? What does your becoming a bar or bat mitzvah mean to your family? How does it connect you to them? Ask your relatives if they had a bar or bat mitzvah, and make sure to include that in your booklet.

  2. In what ways does your Torah or Haftorah portion relate to the story you read? Are any of the characters or the challenges those characters face similar? How did they react to changes in their lives? What about the role of G-d or the prophets who wrote the Haftorah portions? What are the values that are shown and taught in each? What do you see as the moral of your portion, and of the story you read? Do you think there is a moral? Find a way to present this information as part of your bar or bat mitzvah ceremony, or with your classmates as you prepare for your bar or bat mitzvah.

  3. Write a letter to a relative of the person whose story you read. You may choose to write to a grandchild or great-grandchild that would be around your age. Tell them what you learned from the story, how it made you feel, and what it meant to you. What did you know about the Holocaust before reading and watching this testimony? Was there a moment that affected you particularly? How do you think reading this story and learning about the Holocaust will affect your life? Do you think it is important for other people to learn about the Holocaust? Ask them what they heard about their relative’s experiences while growing up. What was it like the first time they heard the story? What kind of relationship did they have with their relative? If you have relatives who were also survivors of the Holocaust, share their story, too.

  4. Look at current events in relation to what you have read and discussed. Talk to your teacher about the concept of tikkun olam —”repair of the world.” What does this have to do with your future as a Jewish adult? Can you relate it in any way to your becoming a bar or bat mitzvah? What values did the people in the stories you read believe in, and how did they show them? Think about the ways in which you could promote social justice, from small to big things. What can your class, or school, do as a whole?

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