Resistance During the Holocaust

This workshop provides an opportunity for teachers to explore Jewish resistance efforts during the Holocaust—focusing on the period from the establishment of the ghettos through the implementation of the “Final Solution.” An opportunity is provided for teacher participants to learn about the risks of resisting Nazi domination and the means, scope, and intensity of resistance efforts. These ranged from cultural and spiritual resistance in the ghettos to armed resistance of partisans and ghetto and camp prisoners. At their core, these forms of resistance are expressions of the capacity to preserve what is best in humanity in the face of the worst humanity has to offer. This unit also provides an opportunity for teachers to help their students consider the role of personal and cultural identity in their lives. Best Practices will coordinate lessons that teachers can take back to use with their students.

To register for the Resistance During the Holocaust workshop, click here.

Before you come to this workshop:

  • Consider taking the Canvas course to build your background knowledge and earn an additional .4 digital literacy renewal credits. More information coming soon!
  • Make sure you have seen both The Path to Nazi Genocide and Guidelines for Teaching the Holocaust videos on our Before you attend page.
  • If you would like hard copies of the handouts we will use in the workshop, print the materials below before you come.

Download and print these materials to bring to the workshop if you would like hard copies:

USHMM Rationale Statement
World Cafe Reference Guide
Meme Analysis
Resources to Teach Resistance

Agenda for Resistance During the Holocaust

Below, you will see the agenda for this workshop, which also has all of the presentations and files embedded in it for your use. Please note that we may make adjustments to the schedule and topics, but we will let you know what those adjustments are when you are with us at the workshop.

Welcome, Introduction, and LogisticsWelcome to Workshop Google Slides Presentation
Echoes Presenter, Part IEchoes and Reflections: Jewish Resistance
Morning BreakN/A
Echoes Presenter, Part IIEchoes and Reflections: Rescuers and Non-Jewish Resistance
Best Practices, Part IRescue and Resistance
Best Practices, Part IIMeme Analysis and Resistance
Exploring Resistance PoetryFacing History and Ourselves: Bearing Witness
Holocaust SurvivorNC Council Survivor Speaker page
Wrap-Up and EvaluationsClick here to go to the Evaluations page
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