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Holocaust-era diaries powerfully illuminate individuals’ experiences. When examined in historical context, diaries enable personal connection to the past and prompt students to consider how and why the Holocaust happened. Join leading historians and educators to learn how primary sources from the Museum’s extensive digitized collection can engage students in developing critical thinking skills.

Key Takeaways:

  • Why diaries and artifacts offer a uniquely relevant and engaging way to teach about the Holocaust.
  • How to analyze diaries as historical sources and address essential questions.
  • Instructional best practices to support student examination of primary sources in historical context.
  • Museum resources to facilitate teaching with diaries and artifacts.


Dr. Rebecca Erbelding, Historian, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Bethany Nagle, Classroom Resources Program Coordinator, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Susan Hilsenrath Warsinger, Holocaust Survivor and Museum Volunteer

This program is free and open to the public. Registration is required.

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