Teaching Holocaust through Film (7th - 12th grades)

The medium of film provides us with access not only the historical events of the Holocaust but also to the psychology and behavior of both victims and perpetrators. Integrating film into our curriculum can become an important educational tool and enhance our understanding of this period.

Although students might have been exposed to the Holocaust in their secular school environment, we have the opportunity to enhance the Jewish viewpoint and focus on it in more detail. In this course, you will learn how to utilize film in your pursuit to enhance your students’ understanding of the Holocaust in meaningful and appropriate ways. There is an extraordinary array of Holocaust films that are appropriate for children in a myriad of contexts, including the short amounts of time allotted in most supplementary schools. Considering specific film genres, we will explore the guiding concepts and tools that you will need to help you select appropriate and compelling Holocaust films to share with your students. Together we will identify appropriate themes for different age groups that will ultimately serve as criteria for selecting the most suitable films for your class. 

This course is appropriate for anyone teaching the Holocaust to children.

Semester Information: 
Begins June 18