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Education is our focus

The teaching materials recommended and developed by the IHE are designed to appropriately enable learners of all ages to:

  • Understand the political, social, and intellectual conditions that led to the Holocaust

  • Recognize stereotypes, prejudice and racism

  • Consider the fragile nature of the legal and moral structure of Western society and the vigilance necessary to preserve it

  • Evaluate the extent to which governments can either safeguard or violate human rights

  • Consider potential conflicts between civic obligation and moral beliefs

  • Assess the consequences of indifference to the plight of others

  • Grapple with moral dilemmas posed by the Holocaust and reflect upon the sanctity of human life as a standard for guiding behavior

For Educators

The IHE is the central location in Nebraska for disseminating accurate information about the Holocaust. Each year, the Institute for Holocaust Education works with approximately 200 educators and provides several teacher workshops in Omaha and elsewhere in Nebraska.  The IHE creates and distributes age-appropriate resources for teaching the Holocaust that span multiple areas of study including social studies, literature, and art.

After attending workshops, teachers leave with curricula and lesson plans, as well as guidelines for appropriate teaching of the Holocaust - and a network of like-minded educators for support!  Workshops are lead by IHE trained educators, and often include noteworthy guest-lecturers.  Previous workshops have included:

  • A History of Kristallnacht

  • Children in the Holocaust & Spiritual Resistance

  • Echoes & Reflections: A Multimedia Teacher’s Resource Guide (created by the Anti-Defamation League, the USC Shoah Foundation and Yad Vashem)

  • Eyewitness to Genocide

For Curriculum Units, click here.

View our Guidelines for a Holocaust Survivor Visit to learn how to prepare for such an occasion.

For information on the Tribute to the Rescuers essay contest, click here.