OJMCHE Classroom Resources
- Guidelines for Teaching Genocide
- Download Guidelines for Teaching Genocide (Word Doc)
- Download Guidelines for Teaching Genocide (PDF)
- Holocaust Vocabulary
- The History of the Holocaust
The following text appears inscribed on one of the granite walls of the Oregon Holocaust Memorial in Portland’s Washington Park.
- Life in the Lodz Ghetto Workshop (45 - 60 minutes)
Students explore the complexity of life in the Lodz ghetto by analyzing Henryk Ross’s photographs and discussing the role of photographer as witness, resistor, and accomplice.
- Places of Remembrance Lesson (60 - 90 minutes)
Based on the Holocaust memorial Places of Remembrance in Germany, participants create a timeline of voices by reading over 80 antisemitic laws passed between 1933-1945. Students also discuss how Adolf Hitler became a totalitarian leader of once-democratic Germany and the legislative processes that allowed for discrimination to result in genocide.
Other Curriculum Based Resources
Programs and curricula produced by other organizations that support the work of OJMCHE.
- Echoes and Reflections – develops lessons to assist students in understanding the Holocaust part of the larger human story. In partnership with the Anti-Defamation League, USC Shoah Foundation and Yad Vashem. https://echoesandreflections.org/
- Facing History and Ourselves - examines racism, prejudice, and antisemitism to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry. https://www.facinghistory.org
- Teaching Tolerance - provides resources to educate youth to be active participants in a diverse democracy. A project of the Southern Poverty Law Center. https://www.tolerance.org
- USC Shoah Foundation - Includes Visual History Archive, iWitness programs, and more. Their mission is to develop empathy, understanding and respect through testimony. Through the Institute for Visual History and Education. https://sfi.usc.edu/
- USHMM - offers lessons and curricular resources as well as a Holocaust encyclopedia with more than 800 topics. https://www.ushmm.org/educators
- Yad Vashem - offers online and classroom activities, with an age-appropriate, multi-disciplinary approach to Holocaust Education. Also - Israel's official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust and national museum. https://www.yadvashem.org/education.html
Educational Resources, Oregon and Portland
Work to further the educational goals of students and the wider community.
- Classroom Law Project – Provides lesson plans, primary source analysis, legal and constitutional connections; as well as ties to local governments and current events. Program includes critical questions and core content standards. Annual celebrations for Constitution and citizenship day, promoting Oregon state ballot measures at the capital, and much more. https://classroomlaw.org/program/current/
- Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies at Portland State University – course offerings in Judaic Studies and Hebrew language, with major and minor degrees and a variety of public programs and partnerships. https://www.pdx.edu/judaic/home
- Never Again Coalition – Oregon response to genocide and other crimes against humanity. Working to revitalize the phrase Never Again with those from different organizations and backgrounds. http://www.neveragaincoalition.org/
- Next Generations Group - dedicated to serving Portland, Oregon area descendants of Holocaust survivors, child survivors, and refugees, and friends in the community who want to help keep their stories and lessons alive and relevant. https://nextgenerationsgroup.wordpress.com/
Community Resources, Local Oregon and Portland
Community-based organizations that offer a wide base of services in support of the museum’s mission.
- Café Europa, through Jewish Family and Child Services – provides social services for Holocaust survivors in Oregon and their families, including gatherings that offer the opportunity to connect with others who share some aspects of the wartime and post-war experiences, in order to support Survivors’ community participation and enhance their quality of life. http://jfcs-portland.org/services/holocaust-survivor-services/
- The Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) - Serves the needs of immigrants, refugees, and general community in Oregon and SW Washington; empowers all ages from around the world to build new lives and become self-sufficient by providing more than 200 culturally and linguistically specific social services. https://irco.org
- The Immigrant Story – Document stories of immigrants in short, accessible visual, written narratives in order to enhance empathy, help promote an inclusive community, advance dialogue and dispel myths about new Americans. Learn more and submit photos and stories through their website at: https://theimmigrantstory.org
- Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA) - Services to enhance the diverse strengths of the community of numerous tribes through cultural identity and education. Youth Centered, Family Driven, Elder Guided programs. https://nayapdx.org/
- Resolutions Northwest - Nonprofit organization in Portland providing mediation and facilitation services that help community members find solutions to conflict. https://resolutionsnorthwest.org
- Q Center - LGBTQ2SIA+ community center in Portland. Including drop-in space, it also serves as an information hub, and its core programs include peer-led groups, senior engagement, and larger community connection. https://www.pdxqcenter.org/