The Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies offers a variety of resources related to the Holocaust and other genocides. They have been developed as a collaborative effort between faculty & staff at the University, practicing educators, and our community partners across the region.
Our resource guides contextualize for educational purposes specific cases of genocide and incidents of mass violence. They are written by expert PhD candidates and scholars from various fields. Each provides a basic overview and includes events that led up to the violence, local and international responses, information on key actors, important terminology, and other relevant source materials. Also included are links to other authoritative sources and materials, including those from the university collections.
Teaching the Holocaust through Art
Lesson Plans & Activities
We have collected a growing number of lesson plans from graduate students and teachers related to genocide. If you wish to submit your own lesson plan, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Developing Empathy Through Storytelling Curriculum
- World History Genocide Presentation Project
- The Cambodian Genocide: Can Justice Be Achieved?
- Dakota War of 1862: Remembrance & Historiography
- Collective Responsibility& the International Community in the Rwandan Genocide: “The Blame Game”
- Memorializing the Holocaust Lesson Plan
- The US Dakota War curriculum (opens Google document)
Collections and Exhibitions
The Center facilitates access to primary sources that focus on genocide survivors, liberators, and witnesses living in Minnesota. The CHGS digital archive includes artwork, photographs, testimonies, and other artifacts from around the world. Our YouTube channel features recordings of past programs and events. In partnership with UMN Libraries, we also promote usage of the USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive, a massive collection of 55,000 testimonies given by genocide survivors.