Each IHRA member country is committed to encouraging the study of the Holocaust in all its dimensions. However, teaching about this complex and sensitive topic appropriately – and adapting it to the context of differing national educational systems – requires specialist knowledge.

The IHRA’s network of experts includes representatives from the world’s foremost institutions which specialize in teaching about the Holocaust, who have issued a range of guidelines for educators and educational policymakers to consider when developing effective curricula and educational materials. These guidelines are continually updated and expanded upon to reflect pedagogical trends, technological changes and new historical findings.Our educational documents are available in over 25 languages. While we try to ensure the accuracy of all of our translations, in the event of any discrepancies the English translation takes precedence. 

    Swiss schoolchildren view the exhibition 'The Last Swiss Holocaust Survivors' at the IHRA Plenary in Bern, Switzerland, in 2017. Tilman Renz.

    How to Teach about the Holocaust in Schools

    There can be no single "correct" way of teaching any subject, no ideal methodology that is appropriate for all teachers and students. What is offered here are guidelines and advice that might prove...

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    Online Teaching Resource for Genocide of Sinti and Roma

    The IHRA co-funded website www.romasintigenocide.eu is the first comprehensive online teaching resource in Europe which focuses exclusively on the genocide of the Roma and Sinti. The website provides...

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    The Holocaust and Other Genocides

    A central concern raised by many educators and students is why teach and learn about the Holocaust when there have been so many other instances of mass suffering of target groups throughout history?...

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    Revised Guidelines on Visiting Holocaust-Related Sites

    These recommendations, first published in 2001 as guidelines, address the substantial increase in youth study tours at Holocaust-related sites, both authentic and non-authentic. Download the...

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    Guidelines for Study Trips to Holocaust-Related Authentic and Non-Authentic Sites

    Visits to authentic and non-authentic sites create special learning experiences and opportunities different from those in the classroom. A visit can also raise the "status" of a subject in the eyes of...

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    What to Teach about the Holocaust

    In general, teaching about the Holocaust should: Advance knowledge about this unprecedented destruction Preserve the memory of those who suffered Encourage educators and students to reflect upon...

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    Using Social Media in Holocaust Education

    Section 1: Practical Guidelines for Holocaust Educators Social media is a rapidly expanding form of communication and community in our world and in education more specifically. Holocaust educators,...

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    Preparing Holocaust Memorial Days: Suggestions for Educators

    These guidelines on preparing Holocaust memorial days have been developed for educational multipliers to provide suggestions on how to plan meaningful commemoration activities connected with annual...

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    Teaching About the Holocaust Without Survivors

    First-person survivor testimony in many countries has been an integral part of Holocaust education since its inception. They have been, and continue to be, the bearers of witness in educational...

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    Why Teach About the Holocaust

    The objective of teaching any subject is to engage the intellectual curiosity of students in order to inspire critical thought and personal growth. Therefore it is essential that educators consider...

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