Educator Resources

This Educator Resource page is designed to provide teachers with a variety of materials that can enhance and supplement your Holocaust and genocide instruction. In keeping with our educational philosophy of “Safely Explore, Prepare and Conclude” (SPEC), we have designed these resources to engage students and foster critical and compassionate thinking so that they better understand the events of the Holocaust and see the victims as people, not just numbers.

Inside the Glass Case

On-demand museum experiences that offer educational videos, survivor testimony, photos, lesson plans, and other resources.

Survivor Art: An IDM

Can art reflect the pain of the Holocaust? This is the compelling question that is asked and examined in this collection of five focused inquiries using Holocaust survivor art.

Teaching Perspectives Using Artifacts: An IDM

This inquiry focuses on examining various artifacts from The Holocaust Center’s collection to explore how different perspectives of the Holocaust can be told through artifacts.

The Art & Writing Competition

The Competition seeks to educate students about the Holocaust, engage them through Anne Frank and Elie Wiesel’s profound stories, and empower them to move from thought to action using creative expression.

Professional Development

To support Michigan educators fulfillment of the Holocaust and genocide mandate, we deliver training programs across the state to amplify teachers’ skills and resource repository.

Teacher Guides to Using Primary Sources

The HC Teacher Advisory Group designed seven guides on how to use a variety of primary sources to teach the Holocaust.

Standing Up to Bias & Discrimination (Unit Plan)

This Understanding by Design structured unit plan examines how to prevent acts of genocide in four lesson plans, one for each level of the Pyramid of Hate.

Online Course: "I Was Just Following Orders!” An Acceptable Defense?

This two part course introduces teachers to the history of the superior orders defense. Using the Arc of Inquiry, teachers explore the use of this defense by Nazi war criminals during the International Military Tribunal in Nuremberg, Germany.

Rubric: Holocaust Literature for Classroom Use

Students often first learn about the Holocaust through literature; therefore, it is important to examine literature carefully before use in the classroom. This resource is a rubric for teachers to assist with that process.

ELA Resources

Each lesson contains an artifact, enrichment pieces, and Core Content/State Standards for easy use and in-depth learning.

Family Involvement Guides

Our Teacher Advisory Group designed the following resources for you to modify and share with students’ families.

Teacher Advisory Groups

Each year, teachers are selected to help us develop programs and resources and to ensure they meet curricular goals and standards.


The Michigan Holocaust & Genocide Education website was created for individuals who want to teach and learn about Holocaust and genocides, or to connect to museums and events happening in Michigan.

Spotlights on Operation Finale

Everyone involved in the discovery, capture, and trial of Adolf Eichmann had personal connections to the Holocaust. Each artifact spotlight focuses on their personal stories.

Lessons from a Survivor

In each lesson, our local survivors relate their past to today’s challenges. We learn from their personal stories and messages of strength and resilience.