The Shoah/The Holocaust

Reflective Essays
Levi, Primo. The Drowned and the Saved. New York: Vintage International, 1989.
Contains a series of reflective essays on Auschwitz by a survivor-writer.
Weapons of the Spirit. Dir. Pierre Sauvage. Le Chambon Foundation, U.S.A./France, 1989.
An award-winning documentary by Pierre Sauvage that "tell[s] the story of the unique conspiracy of goodness" found in the village of Le Chambon, France during the years of the Vichy regime's collaboration with the Nazis. "In and around the Huguenot mountain village of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, France, some 5,000 Jews—many of them children—were sheltered from the Nazis by some 5,000 Christians. " (
Spielberg, Steven. "Schindler's List." USA. 1993.
(195 min.)
Picture Book
Mochizuki, Ken. Passage to Freedom: The Sugihara Story. New York: Lee & Low Books, 1997.
Sweet and well illustrated picture book that tells the tale of Japanese dilomat, Sugihara, and his family in Lithuania in 1941. Going against government orders, he issued thousands of visas to Polish Jews who became "Sugihara survivors" following the sentiment: "If you save the life of one person, it is as if you saved the world entire." While the The Sugihara Story is concise and aimed at elementary readers, it is effective and emotional.
Ordering information and edcator's guide available:
Schlink, Bernhard. The Reader. New York: Vintage International, 1997.
This is story of guilt, love and secrets, told in the landscape of postwar Germany through the love affair of a 15 year old and a woman twice his age. (218 pages.)
Picture Book
Bunting, Eve. Terrible Things: An Allegory of the Holocaust.
New York: Jewish Publication Society of America, September 1989.
An allegory depicted by animals written as a reaction to the Holocaust. While intended for young readers, is a launching point for discussion with all grades and levels. (32 pages)

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Graphic Novels
Spielgleman, Art. Maus: A Survivor's Tale.
New York: Pantheon Books, 1993.
A graphic novel approach to the Holocaust, in which the mice are representative of the Jews and cats are representative of the Nazis. There are two novels that depict a story through remembrance and can be stark in its imagery.
The Museum of Jewish Heritage: A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
This museum, located in NYC, is absolutely beautiful and effective. They also have an excellent internship and paid tour guide program for inner-city NYC students. A great online resource as well.
The Jewish Museum
A fine art museum in NYC that has amazing exhibitions that often relate to current events and/or the Holocaust. They have an effective online catalog and site as well.
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Located in Washington, D.C. Additionally, great online resources on a variety of topics and temporary exhibits ranging from the Nuremberg Trials to propaganda to Darfur.
The Museum of Tolerance: A Simon Wiesenthal Center Museum
The Museum of Tolerance, established in 1993, includes interactive exhibits, special events, and programs for groups that can be customized to need. Online resources as well.