Holocaust Center for Humanity

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How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. - Anne Frank

Holocaust education is history, literature, social studies, psychology, art, and so much more. It is through studying the Holocaust that we learn the importance of speaking out against bigotry and indifference, promoting equity, and taking action. 

2022 Flowchart Best PracticesBest Practices: Confront the Past, Create the Future

Best Practices for Teaching Lessons of the Holocaust in the State of Washington, as required by RCW 28A.300.115

Washington State law requires that middle schools, junior high schools, and high schools that offer Holocaust instruction must follow Best Practices. The Best Practices lessons here are not exclusive. There are countless other high quality lessons, but for reasons of brevity, we have made a selection to highlight. We welcome your feedback, input, and questions.  Email Paul Regelbrugge, Director of Education, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Where do I start?

  1. This graphic represents both the recommended sequence and content for “best practices” Holocaust education.  The first three recommended steps are set forth in Beginning Your Holocaust Unit and Pre-War.  

  2. If you are short on time, use the "Overview" for each theme. The Overview for each theme includes a summary, survivor video testimony, and discusson questions. If you have more time, take a deep dive into one of the other lessons provided in that theme. 

  3. Teachers, if you are looking for step-by-step assistance, here are Proposed Outlines for Teaching the Holocaust - Outlines for ELA and SS, 1-2 weeks, 3-5 weeks, and complete units, outlined for grades 5-6, 7-8, and 9-12.