Thursday, January 27, 2011

New, Free Website for Teaching Students About the Holocaust

As many of you know, today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. While the Museum of Jewish Heritage honors the memory of those who perished all year round, today we mark the day in a very special way.

We are proud to commemorate the day by continuing our commitment to helping students of all backgrounds around the globe create a personal connection to history. In order to do this, we are launching an innovative website, Coming of Age Now, Coming of Age in the Holocaust.

Coming of Age, which is designed for middle and high school students and educators, introduces students to the stories of young people who survived the Holocaust. This interactive, online experience features 13 first-person accounts of young people who survived the Holocaust. The website guides students through an exploration of experiences, historical events, and ethical issues. Compelling videos feature the survivors’ stories about their experiences before, during and after the Holocaust.

This is a wonderful resource, especially for students who do not have the ability to meet with Holocaust survivors in person. The immediacy of hearing survivors' stories in their own words and in their own voices will encourage a new generation to reflect thoughtfully about the Holocaust and its relevance today.

Please let teachers and parents in your community know about this new website. For more information, please contact or call 646.437.4290.

Development of the Coming of Age website is made possible by a generous grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany: Rabbi Israel Miller Fund for Shoah Research, Documentation and Education.

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