Classroom sets of 30 are available for free loan from the MCHE Resource Center. The Resource Center is open Monday-Friday 8:30-5:00 and until 7:00 p.m. by appointment on Wednesdays when school is in session. Call 913-327-8192 to check availability or to reserve a set for your class.
Four Perfect Pebbles: A Holocaust Story
A child’s memory of survival in Nazi-occupied Holland. Marion Blumenthal and her family endured six and a half years living in refuge, transit and prison camps, eventually arriving in Westerbork and Bergen-Belsen concentration camps. Appropriate for students as young as 6th grade, this memoir documents the unusual scenario of a family surviving the Holocaust intact.A teaching unit for this memoir is available HERE. Registration is required.
Elie Wiesel was deported in the Spring of 1944 to Auschwitz-Birkenau. He endured several months working in the Buna factories before being forced on a death march to Buchenwald. He was liberated in April 1945 by American troops. Appropriate for grades 7 and up.
Resources for teaching this memoir are available HERE.
Surviving Hitler: A Boy in the Nazi Death Camps
A book about MCHE co-founder Jack Mandelbaum’s experiences in Nazi-occupied Poland. This biography, written by award-winning author Andrea Warren, is the story of 15-year-old Jack’s struggle to survive a series of concentration camps after being torn from his family. Winner of the Gold Medal for Children’s Nonfiction by the National Association of Parenting Publications Award, the Robert F. Sibert Award and the William Allen White Award. Appropriate for middle school and up.
Tell Them We Remember
Written on an 8th grade level, this chronological history of the Holocaust features one to two page summaries of events between 1933-1945 as well as archival photographs, a chronology, a bibliography, a glossary, and photographs from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. This book is an excellent resource for student research and reading assignments.
Voices of the Holocaust
An anthology of Holocaust literature based around the essential question “could a Holocaust happen here?” This book contains literature that challenges the reader, promotes critical thinking, and encourages independent exploration of genres, themes, and issues.
We are Witnesses: Five Diaries of Teenagers Who Died in the Holocaust
These diaries chronicle the day-to-day lives of Jewish teenagers in Nazi-occupied Lithuania, Hungary, Belgium, and Holland between 1940 and 1944. An excellent tool for personalizing the history of the Holocaust, these writings offers an excellent supplement to any unit on Anne Frank.