Commissioner of Education’s Task Force on Holocaust Education

Holocaust Education Week


Holocaust Education Week in Florida is held annually the second week in November which coincides with the anniversary of Kristallnacht, November 9-10, 1938, a major turning point in the persecution of European Jews by the Nazi regime. The Commissioner’s Task Force on Holocaust Education identifies the following resources to assist K-12 educators in structuring Holocaust Education Week lessons. This year Holocaust Education Week in Florida will be held November 8-12, 2021.

Holocaust Education Week 2021 Memo (PDF)
Holocaust Education Week 2020 Proclamation (PDF)

Florida Holocaust Education Week Events

Holocaust Education Week Resources

Guidelines for Teaching About the Holocaust

Kristallnacht

Kristallnacht Lesson Plans (IWitness)

Combating Antisemitism

Historical Overview of the Holocaust

Survivor Testimony

Virtual Tours

Reading Materials

Lower Elementary

  • The Tattooed Torah by Marvell Ginsburg, Grades K-2
  • Brundibar by Tony Kushner, Grades K-3
  • Terrible Things: An Allegory of the Holocaust by Eve Bunting, Grades K-3
  • The Butterfly by Patricia Polacco, Grades 1-3

Upper Elementary

  • Benno and the Night of Broken Glass by Meg Wiviott, Grades 3-5
  • The Cat with the Yellow Star: Coming of Age in Terezin by Ela Stein-Weissberger and Susan Goldman Rubin, Grades 3-5
  • The Cats in Krasinski Square by Karen Hesse, Grades 3-6
  • Hana’s Suitcase by Karen Levin, Grades 4-6

Middle School

  • Hidden: A Child’s Story of the Holocaust by Loïc Dauvillier, Grades 5-8
  • Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust by Doreen Rappaport, Grades 6-12
  • The Boy on the Wooden Box: How the Impossible Became Possible...On Schindler’s List by Leon Leyson, Grades 6-9
  • In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer by Irene Gut Opdyke and Jennifer Armstrong, Grades 6-12

High School

  • The Complete Maus by Art Speigelman, Grades 8-12
  • On Both Sides of the Wall by Vladka Meed, Grades 9-12
  • Salvaged Pages by Alexandra Zapruder, Grades 8-12
  • Rywka’s Diary: The Writings of a Jewish Girl from the Lodz Ghetto by Rywka Lipszyc and Anita Friedman, Grades 7-12