Primary Sources

Interdisciplinary primary sources such as photographs, government documents, art work, diaries, journals, poetry, letters and other narratives support each lesson and provide teachers and students with opportunities to think critically and analyze a wide array of materials from many perspectives in historical context. These primary sources allow students to increase their knowledge about the Holocaust and generate questions and draw conclusions, often in cooperative learning groups. Visual history testimony—an unparalleled primary source material for teaching and learning—is seamlessly integrated into each lesson, giving students an important and rare opportunity to connect with a survivor or other witnesses of the Holocaust, thereby adding an essential human side to the study of history.