The Tolerance Channel has developed teaching and learning materials to support history, social studies and language curricula. These tools assist educators interested in addressing their teaching to issues involving social justice, diversity, anti-prejudice and stereotyping through the lens of Holocaust education.

 

All materials are easy to download and free of charge. The lesson plans include learning objectives that will engage middle and high school students as well as address proficiency and testing standards. Our materials provide important historical background for you and your students. Some educators use the material in a short unit; others choose a more extensive interdisciplinary approach.

 

Lesson Plans include:

— Learning objectives

— Guiding questions

— Suggested learning activities

— Handouts and additional resources for students

— Background information for educators

— Links to Ohio Standards

Scroll down to download one of our interactive videos with accompanying lesson plan.

Click Here to Download Beyond the Fence: Memories of Buchenwald

To download the complete video, navigate to the link above and select the "DOWNLOAD" button from the bottom of the Vimeo page. This will provide you with a 640x480 medium quality mp4. If you would like access to a higher quality version of the video or a DVD copy please make a request on the About Us page.

 

Download the companion Teachers' Guide HERE

 

Educator instructions help prepare you to talk about inclusion and exclusion, diversity and tolerance. The Holocaust education lessons address important contemporary issues by considering the physical, social, legal, and emotional differences that separated Jews from non-Jews in Nazi Germany and separated African-Americans from other Americans in the US during the same era (1933-45).

 

Synopsis: This Emmy-award winning documentary examines the liberation of Buchenwald through the eyes of its survivors and those soldiers who helped to liberate them.  Leon Bass, a 19-year-old black soldier, was among the first to enter Buchenwald. He enlisted in the army to fight for his country, but the US Army’s policy of segregation denied him the rights he was fighting to protect. Mr. Bass was an angry, young, Black soldier when he entered Buchenwald.  Among the thousands of inmates was Robbie Waisman, a 14-year-old Polish Jew, who later discovered that his entire family had been murdered by the Nazi’s. Later in life, Robbie Waisman and Leon Bass met again and fostered a lasting friendship that endures to this day. Narrated by Clarke Peters, of the HBO drama series, ’The Wire’, and ’Treme’, Beyond the Fence focuses on the shared history of persecution and suffering that Robbie and Leon experienced — in essence, the reality that each could have found himself on either side of that barbed wire fence surrounding Buchenwald.

Click Here to Download A Survivor's Journey

To download the complete video, navigate to the link above and select the "DOWNLOAD" button from the bottom of the Vimeo page. This will provide you with a 640x480 medium quality mp4. If you would like access to a higher quality version of the video or a DVD copy please make a request on the About Us page.

 

A lesson plan is in development and will be posted in the near future.

 

Synopsis: This multiple award-winning documentary chronicles Holocaust survivor, Murray Ebner, and his family as they return to Poland to revisit his childhood home. Dredging up haunting memories, the Ebner family walk the grounds of the Jewish ghetto and concentration camps where he was held prisoner for two years.

Click Here to Download Looking Into the Face of Evil

To download the complete video, navigate to the link above and select the "DOWNLOAD" button from the bottom of the Vimeo page. This will provide you with a 640x480 medium quality mp4. If you would like access to a higher quality version of the video or a DVD copy please make a request on the About Us page.

 

Download the companion Teachers' Guide HERE

 

Synopsis: Recognized for Gold Medals by the New York Film Festival, CINE, the Columbus International Film Festival and others, Looking Into the Face of Evil examines the lessons of the Holocaust through the eyes of three survivors. This documentary, unlike others on the subject, offers a time line of events leading up to and through the Holocaust. Testimony from three Holocaust survivors is woven through a chronology of historical events that recount the horrors of Nazi Germany. Narrated by acclaimed actor, Ed Asner.

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