Holocaust & Genocide Education

We support educators through workshops and institutes and by offering a myriad of resources for teaching age-appropriate lessons about the Holocaust and genocide


Teaching About Genocide: Navigating Trauma in the Classroom

  • Dates: Monday, June 29th – Thursday, July 2nd, 2020
  • Times: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, daily
  • Cost: $200, includes daily lunches, U of MN parking passes, all materials, and field trips
  • Credits: 30 CEUs or 2 graduate credits (contact dalbo006@umn.edu for more information about graduate credits)
  • Registration Deadline: June 15th, 2020, or until full
  • Registration Link

This four-day-long educator workshop will provide an introduction to the legal and social concepts of genocide, as well as historical and contemporary examples of genocide and mass violence, such as the Armenian, Cambodian, Rwandan, and Bosnian genocides, the Holodomor and the Holocaust. Additional case studies will examine the current genocide against Rohingya and the genocide of Indigenous peoples in North America. The workshop will focus specifically on how to navigate individual and social trauma within the classroom.

Sessions will be facilitated by expert University of Minnesota faculty and advanced graduate students, as well as local community members. Participants will not only have the opportunity to engage in small group settings with these experts, but they will also listen to a Holocaust survivor and learn from the local Armenian, Cambodian, and Native American communities about the legacies of genocide and memorialization efforts. Participants will build content and pedagogical knowledge to feel confident teaching about genocide in both middle and high school classrooms.

Participants will receive classroom resources, lesson and unit plans, and continuing education credit; 2 graduate credits are available for an additional cost. The workshop is open to all K-16 educators, pre-service teachers, community educators, and graduate students. Contact dalbo006@umn.edu for more information.

Education Resources


We define the Holocaust as the destruction of six million European Jews by the Nazis
and their collaborators between 1933-1945.

We draw on two definitions of genocide:
1. As established by the 1948 UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the
Crime of Genocide: Genocides are "acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in
part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group."
2. As defined by historical sociologist Helen Fein: "Genocide is a series of purposeful
actions by a perpetrator(s) to destroy a collectivity through mass or selective murders
of group members and suppressing the biological and social reproduction of the collectivity."