The Holocaust (or Shoah) was the systematic, bureaucratic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of six million Jews and five million non-Jewish civilians by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. The Nazis, who came to power in Germany in January 1933, believed in the superiority of the Aryan race and in the elimination of all non-Aryans including the Jews, who were considered “racially inferior” and a threat to the German race.
During the era of the Holocaust, German authorities also targeted other groups because of their perceived racial and biological inferiority: Roma (also known as Gypsies), people with disabilities and some of the Slavic peoples (Poles, Russians and others). Other groups were persecuted on political, ideological and behavioural grounds, among them Communists, Socialists, Jehovah’s Witnesses and homosexuals.
This section of the website provides information about school programs, educational resources and other programs about the Holocaust.
Resources for Educators
The VHEC’s teaching resources support educators in teaching the Holocaust by offering both content about Holocaust-related themes as well as innovative teaching strategies.
The resources correspond with the new BC curriculum and core competencies of 21st-century learning and include student worksheets and classroom activities.
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Educator Training & Events
Teaching the Holocaust can be challenging. The VHEC supports teachers and educators by providing regular professional development opportunities led by experts in Holocaust education.
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Resources for Non-Educators
If you’re not an educator, you can learn about the Holocaust by visiting the resources below.
The following US Holocaust Memorial Museum resources are recommended: