Holocaust Education

"If you don't know at least part of the story, if you don't know that there is a story, then we shall bequeath upon our descendants a sense of shame. We could not save those who died but we can save them from dying again because to forget is to kill them again. So why should the next generation in the 21st century live with that shame? For the dead and the living, we must bear witness." - Elie Wiesel

Brian B. Kahn, Chair
Members (pictured, L to R): Don Francisco, Robin Goettel, Jennifer Klatsky, Rebecca Lawson, Bob Lehmann, Brian Kahn

CUJF Holocaust Education Committee

The CUJF Holocaust Education committee serves as a resource to help school systems comply with the 1990 Illinois state mandate to teach about the Holocaust in fifth, eight, and tenth grades. (Public Act 86-780)

The committee is also dedicated to providing assistance to all individuals in the greater Champaign-Urbana area who wish to address the universal lessons to be learned from the Holocaust.

The committee sends information about the Holocaust to public school teachers and college students majoring in education; sponsors and grants scholarships for in-service teacher training programs; provides videos, books, and newspapers to local libraries and schools and speakers to area classrooms.

Education Trunks

Education Trunks are sets of materials that were developed to assist in your teaching. Illinois State Code mandates teaching of the Holocaust at elementary and secondary levels, usually done in 5th, 8th, and 10th grades.

The resources, which vary in readability and format, will provide you with a ready-to-use unit that is grade-appropriate and relevant to all learning styles.

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JDC Archives

Search the archives of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, which has a large collection of documents and photographs relating to its work during World War II.  There is information about thelegacy of the JDC's work rescuing and providing relief during and after the Holocaust. More details