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Holocaust/WWII : Getting Started

A guide for 6-12 grade teachers and students who want to explore the Holocaust and WWII through literature, writing, and history.


This research guide is designed to highlight resources useful to 6-12th grade teachers and students studying the Holocaust and WWII. Please use the tabs at the top for resource categories.

    The USD University Libraries will present Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race, a traveling exhibition produced by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

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"Terrible Things" Book by Eve Bunting

If you are planning to introduce the Holocaust to children, picture books make a good beginning. The most comforting books are those that hold some kind of hope. This book is an allegory of the holocaust, where a small questioning rabbit witnesses one animal after another being taken from his peaceful forest.

Bunting, E., & Gammell, S. (1989). 
Terrible Things: An allegory of the Holocaust.
Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society.
ISBN: 0827605072


Martin Niemöller Poem and Video

In Germany they first came for the Communists, 
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist. 

Then they came for the Jews, 
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. 

Then they came for the trade unionists, 
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. 

Then they came for the Catholics, 
and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant. 

Then they came for me — 
and by that time no one was left to speak up.

(Retrieved 9/20/2012, from

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