New Educational Materials at the ISHS: New Online Course: "Auschwitz: History of a Death Camp"


"Auschwitz: History of a Death Camp" is the latest in a series of online courses on the Holocaust being offered by the International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem. The course launches on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, January 27, 2015, and the first lesson will be freely accessible on the ISHS website. The course covers all major aspects of the concentration and extermination camp, including its role in the context of the "Final Solution", its evolution throughout the camp's existence, the "selection" and murder process, daily life for camp prisoners, the perpetrators, resistance, and reactions of the outside world.

For more details, visit the first course lesson.


E-Newsletter for Holocaust Educators: Lodz: A Topography of Life and Death in the Ghetto 70 Years After Its Liquidation

This year marks 70 years since the liquidation of the Lodz ghetto. As such, we have dedicated this newsletter to life and death in that ghetto, 70 years after its liquidation. The Lodz ghetto was unique because it was one of the first ghettos to be established and it was created to be temporary, yet it existed longer than any other ghetto in Europe. It was the very last ghetto to be liquidated, in the summer of 1944. This new edition of our e-Newsletter for Holocaust Educators includes a range of educational articles, interviews, books reviews and more on this subject, as well as updates from the International School for Holocaust Studies, new publications, etc.

For more details, visit the newsletter.

Testimonial Films Series - Online Educational Unit

This unit is the first in a series of online educational units on specially chosen topics within Holocaust education. In these unique educational environments, we present a variety of teaching aids and auxiliary materials to assist the educator in teaching the subject, offering educators not only the historical information they need, but also the pedagogical tools to facilitate the lesson. The format allows educators to choose from the range of materials offered: lesson plans, presentations, archival materials, filmed testimonies, historical clips, Pages of Testimony and primary source materials (documents, photographs, diaries, maps, etc.), as well as video lectures.

The educational unit is available at



January 27, 2015 - International Holocaust Remembrance Day

On January 27, 1945, Soviet forces liberated the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp, discovering the largest Nazi killing center in Europe. Auschwitz has become a symbol of the Holocaust, representing the depths of man's inhumanity to man. Eighteen governments have legislated January 27 as an annual Holocaust Memorial Day. In November 2005, the United Nations passed a resolution to mark January 27 as an international day of commemoration to honor the victims of the Holocaust, and urged member states to develop educational programs to impart the memory of this tragedy to future generations. Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremonies will be organized on the international, national, regional and local levels, including in universities and schools. This site contains educational materials ahead of this date in multiple languages.

Enter the 2015 January 27th site.