Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah)

Description and History

The internationally recognized date for Holocaust Remembrance Day corresponds to the 27th day of Nisan on the Hebrew calendar and it marks the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. In 2024, Yom HaShoah will be recognized beginning at sunset on the evening of Sunday May 5 – Monday May 6. 


Professional Learning Resources

Echoes & Reflections
Echoes & Reflections, Anti-Defamation League Education’s Holocaust Education program in partnership with USC Shoah Foundation and Yad Vashem, provides professional learning opportunities and classroom content to equip educators for effective instruction of the Holocaust and resonant themes of today. The content is standards-based, interdisciplinary, personalized, integrated with primary and secondary sources, and customizeable.  

Anti-Defamation League Education has launched a national campaign to support and improve Holocaust education.

Never a Bystander & Other Enduring Lessons for Holocaust Remembrance
Knowledge Quest, Volume 49, No. 2

Margaret Lincoln shares how the community of Battle Creek, Michigan, has participated in the nationwide effort established by Congress to honor victims of the Holocaust and Nazi persecution. She shares Holocaust Remembrance collaborative projects which can be replicated or adapted by other school librarians.

Fighting Anti-Semitism and Anti-Asian Hate Through Books
In this Knowledge Quest post, blogger Karin Greenberg reviews two nonfiction books highlighting the complexities and beauty of Jewish and Asian culture. She also shares book lists with recommended titles to celebrate Jewish American Heritage and Asian American & Pacific Islander Month.

Days of Remembrance Resources
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) provides a variety of ready-to-use resources to help educators plan Days of Remembrance activities for their students. The USHMM website also shares a lesson on teaching with survivor testimony, materials for teaching about the Holocaust with books and literature, and a one-day lesson featuring the testimony of Holocaust survivor Gerda Weissmann. The museum also offers a free three-day virtual conference for educators.


Learner Engagement Resources

Books Matter™ | Children's & Young Adult Literature
ADL provides an online bibliography of recommended children’s and young adult books about bias, bullying, diversity and social justice. This curated list provides age level recommended books on Jewish culture and antisemitism.

ALA's Sara Jaffarian Award Presents - Empathizing with Teens in Trauma: An Exploration of the Terezin Ghetto/Camp
This presentation shares how a team of teachers, a librarian, a social worker and various outside groups in St. Marys Area Middle School combined their skills and worked together to help students expand their content knowledge of a topic they may not know about, deepen their research skills, and talk about mental health strategies. Students researched artwork, poetry and music created by teenagers in the Theresienstadt/Terezín Nazi concentration camp during World War II and also learned strategies for coping with their own stress and emotions.

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