As a registered teacher you will – in addition to all material you find on this open website – have access to classroom tips, in-depth articles and to each exercise you will find references to the learning outcomes. With your own account your students will also be able to send you their summaries and notes.
Eternal Echoes is an interactive learning resource covering the Holocaust. The tool has been developed for middle and high school ages but is equally suited to adult education. Knowledge of the Holocaust and Second World War is developed through filmed testimonies, articles providing historical context, discussion exercises, authentic documents and photographs. Students are also encouraged to talk about and discuss topical events and issues.
Through Eternal Echoes, teachers are given a comprehensive tool that can help students to reflect on the consequences of antisemitism, racism, xenophobia and anti-democratic ideas. By equipping students with knowledge of the Holocaust, Eternal Echoes fosters democratic values.
Overall goals of the educational tool include raising awareness about the uniqueness and universality of the Holocaust and ensuring that knowledge about the Holocaust will not fade with time. By doing the general exercises and those connected to the testimonies, students develop a deeper understanding of stages and mechanisms that led to the Holocaust, and the Roma genocide. Students are exposed to the variety of Holocaust survivor experiences, and experiences of other groups persecuted by the Nazis.
Teaching about the events of the Holocaust requires a profound understanding of history, therefore, this should be the foundation for any study of the subject. However, approaching the Holocaust from multiple disciplinary perspectives might help deal with the diverse aspects of human behaviour. The narratives of the Holocaust raise important moral and ethical questions that can be discussed over the course of diverse school subjects and lessons. Teachers of the following subjects might, hence, be interested in working with Eternal Echoes:
arts civics education history human rights education languages literature religious studies sociology etc.
Guidelines for teaching about the Holocaust
The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) based on international current best practice has collected a set of guidelines that help teachers approach this very difficult subject and to present possible ways forward. The activities of Eternal Echoes are all designed to correspond to the guidelines.
Below is a summary of the guidelines. For more information, visit the official website of IHRA.