To teach the history of the Holocaust at the elementary level, the museum follows the general guidelines, and offers specific recommendations for third-cycle primary students.

Salomon and Sara Heiss in their grocery store, Vienna, Austria, 1933.

1. Respect the sensitivity and cognitive skills of students.

  • Emphasize themes related to pre-war life, resistance and rescue.
  • Avoid talking about killing , Einsatzgruppen, or any other topic that could traumatize your students.

2. Use personal stories to:

  • Humanize history
  • Develop empathy among students
  • Understand the complexity and diversity of experiences related to the Holocaust

3. Provide context and a variety of supports:

Map of war, persecutions and mass killing during the Holocaust and World War II

4. Allow your students to express their emotions

Coeur réalisé par des élèves en 2011.

5. Convey a message of hope and a better world

You can talk about democratic achievements like justice and citizenship; certain essential values ​​such as respect for diversity , humanity, and universalism.

The important thing is to give a base for a deeper study of the history of the Holocaust in high school.