Introduction

Echoes and Reflections is a multimedia program that provides US secondary educators with professional development and print and online resources to teach about the Holocaust in today's classrooms.

Specifically, Echoes and Reflections:

  • Promotes an interdisciplinary approach to teaching about the Holocaust to today’s students.
  • Addresses academic standards—including Common Core State Standards—using informational texts and primary source documents.
  • Incorporates compelling visual history testimony into ten multipart and modular lessons to engage students in the lives of survivors, rescuers, liberators, and other witnesses of the Holocaust.
  • Combines the experience and resources of three world leaders in education: the Anti-Defamation League, USC Shoah Foundation, and Yad Vashem.

Attend a Program and Receive:

  1. A complimentary copy of the Echoes and Reflections
    Teacher’s Resource Guide
  2. The opportunity to explore effective strategies for teaching
    the Holocaust to today’s students
  3. Access to professional development credit

I have never been to a professional development program where the teachers were so engaged... It was amazing!

Anne O'Reinick, Orange Park Junior HS, Orange Park, FL

Teacher's Resource Guide

The Echoes and Reflections Teacher’s Resource Guide is based on solid historical knowledge, visual history, and a strong instructional foundation. The materials are designed for use with middle and high school students. Key features:

  • Ten multipart lessons examine major themes associated with the Holocaust
  • Lessons can be used individually or as part of a course of study
  • Informational texts provide historical context and background
  • Visual history testimony is seamlessly integrated across the lessons
  • Abundant primary sources enhance every lesson
  • Modular lesson design allows for flexibility and customization
  • Multi- and interdisciplinary lessons are suitable for a range of subject areas
  • Instructional strategies promote critical thinking and interaction
  • Suggested topics for journaling accompany every lesson
  • Activities and projects to extend learning and make connections to other events and topics included with each lesson
  • Materials address academic standards as well as digital and media literacies

Frequently asked questions about using the Teacher’s Resource Guide in the classroom

Visual History Testimony

Often, the term "visual history" is applied to visual images or relics of the past such as drawings, graphics, and other nonverbal representations. In this sense, visual history can be defined as a way of learning about the past with our eyes. However, while history is recounted in documents and words written by historians, it is also told by those who experienced it. While the term “visual history” seems to focus only on the image, when we use "visual history,” we are referring to the totality of audio and video that combine to create meaning and message in a videotaped testimony. In this document, we will use "visual history (testimony)" interchangeably with "video testimony."

  • A visual history testimony is a videotaped interview between an interviewer and an interviewee subject.
  • Interviews in the Institute’s Visual History Archive average just over two hours in length and capture an individual’s life story within a broader context.

LEARN MORE:  Guidelines for Using Visual History Testimony