The Holocaust Resource Center of Kean University



Jewish Foundation for the Righteous
The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous provides monthly financial support to nearly 1,500 aged and needy non-Jews who rescued Jews during the Holocaust and educates future generations about their extraordinary acts of courage.

Museum of Jewish Heritage: A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
The Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust honors those who died by celebrating their lives - cherishing the civilization that they built, their achievements and faith, their joys and hopes, and the vibrant Jewish community that is their legacy today.

Oliver Lustig's Text Presentation of Historic Holocaust Photographs from the Auschwitz Album: The Story of a Transport
Oliver Lustig --a Birkenau-Auschwitz and Dachau Holocaust survivor and author of several Holocaust books has prepared for an extraordinary selection of photographs from the Auschwitz Album with his extraordinary commentary. The entire montage has just been posted on the website.

Simon Wiesenthal Center
The Simon Wiesenthal Center is an international Jewish human rights organization dedicated to preserving the memory of the Holocaust by fostering tolerance and understanding through community involvement, educational outreach and social action. The Center confronts important contemporary issues including racism, anti-semitism, terrorism and genocide and is accredited as an NGO both at the United Nations and UNESCO. With a membership of over 400,000 families, the Center is headquartered in Los Angeles and maintains offices in New York, Toronto, Miami, Jerusalem, Paris and Buenos Aires.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is America’s national institution for the documentation, study, and interpretation of Holocaust history, and serves as this country’s memorial to the millions of people murdered during the Holocaust.

Echoes and Reflections  This multimedia curriculum on the Holocaust combines the pedagogical  along with the historical  resources of the Anti-Defamation League, USC Shoah Foundation Institute, and Yad Vashem.  It allows educators to choose as little or as much material regarding the Holocaust as they can cover in a specific time period and still cover it effectively.  It meets curriculum goals with multi-disciplinary materials correlated to U.S. national and state standards.

The "1939" Club

We have about 100 full-length survivor interviews posted on our web site accessible 24/7 to anyone. They were taken in the 1980s at UCLA and in the 1990s through the ADL. Most of the interviews have a synopsis. They have been used extensively for our annual Art & Writing Contest which we sponsor with Chapman University.

New Jersey Coalition Responds to Crisis in Darfur

Our website is intended to serve as a resource for Darfur advocates throughout New Jersey. Our Coalition works to serve as the hub of state and community efforts to increase coordination and visibility of New Jersey's commitment to the people of Darfur.

Facing History and Ourselves
The Center has a long-standing connection to Facing History and Ourselves (FHAO) based in Brookline, Mass., which encourages primary and secondary school teachers and students to study the historical development and lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides.

Genocide Intervention Network
Clark undergraduates maintain a strong collaboration with the Genocide Intervention Network through the Clark chapter of STAND, a student anti-genocide coalition.

Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation
Committed to educating mid-level government officials about genocide, the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIRP) organized the first seven-day genocide prevention program in Auschqitz 60 years after the UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide in 1948.

Brandeis University - Near Eastern and Judaic Studies
Center students continue to take advantage of the partnership with Brandeis University. Antony Polonsky, Albert Abramson Professor of Holocaust Studies, was pleased to offer directed readings courses to Claims Conference Fellow Jody Manning and Fromson Fellow RazSegal.

Danish Institute of International Studies
Thanks to generous support from Howard and Hanne Kulin, the Center looks forward to a return semester-long visit in 2009 by DIIS faculty member, Professor Cecilie Stockholm Banke. In addition, DIIS will serve as co-convener of the Center's international doctoral student conference to be held in spring 2009.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Doctoral students researching the Holocaust travel a shiny path from the Center to the archives of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM).

USC Shoah Foundation Institute
The video testimonies of the Shoah Foundation Institue, located on the campus of University of Southern California, are an important resource for Center doctoral students. its archive includes nearly 52,000 testimonies from survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust.

Generations of the Shoah International
GSI is an established global network of second and third generation groups and individuals as well as Survivors of the Shoah and Holocaust institutions and organizations. In those geographical areas where no established Holocaust-related group exists.

Message from The Chairman - Avner Shalev

Kean University Diversity Council

Save Darfur

Kean University Human Rights Institute


The Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center
This curriculum guide was developed by a group of master teachers who have studied and taught the Holocaust in the context of history and the language arts. The New York State Core Curriculum and Learning Standards in English Language Arts and Social Studies have guided our selection of activities, historical documents and assessment tools. All materials and activities have been field-tested; they are challenging, age-appropriate and well suited to the needs of a diverse student population.

The Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center gratefully acknowledges the funders who supported our curriculum project: Office of State Senator Vincent Leibell/New York State Department of Education and Fuji Photo Film USA.

Intoduction Paragraph for Teachers (PDF)
The Introductory Packet for Teachers was created to provide easy access to background information, pertinent vocabulary, and a chronological context to help teach the Holocaust.

Lesson 1: Introduction
The Introduction asks students to look at their own values and to examine the four key roles that defined human behavior during the Holocaust.

Lesson 2: Before 1933, Stereotyping and Prejudice

The activities in the Before 1933 Stereotyping and Prejudice lesson help students to understand that anti-Semitism did not begin with Hitler but rather has a long history. Students will also understand the political, economic, and social conditions in Germany after World War I that contributed to Hitler’s rise to power.

Lesson 3: 1933-1939 Indoctrination and Discrimination
In the 1933–1939 Indoctrination and Discrimination lesson, students are introduced to the policies of state-sponsored indoctrination and discrimination in order to understand how these developed as steps toward genocide. They observe how the countries of the world reacted to these policies and how life for Jews in Germany became increasingly difficult.

Lesson 4: 1939-1942 Persecution and Segregation
In the lesson 1939–1942 Persecution and Segregation, students learn how Nazi racial policies led to discrimination against other groups in addition to the Jews. They also understand how the expansion of Germany led to new policies aimed at the Jews.

Lesson 5: 1942-1945 Genocide
In the lesson 1942–1945 Genocide, students trace the steps taken by the Nazis to carry out the “Final Solution.”

Lesson 6: Response to the Holocaust Resistance and Rescue
In the lesson on Responses to the Holocaust—Resistance and Rescue, students learn what forms resistance took and where it was put into practice. They also learn that although many individuals and nations remained bystanders, there were those who became rescuers.

Lesson 7: Aftermath
The activities in the Aftermath show what happened to the perpetrators after the war and how the survivors made a new life for themselves.