ADL's Curriculum Connections To Honor Holocaust Remembrance Day
New York, NY, May 3, 2005 … To commemorate Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is making available to high school educators a new line of curriculum so classrooms can explore what the world has done to achieve the ideal of "Never Again!" and why these efforts have fallen short of averting atrocities in places such as Rwanda and Sudan.
The first two lessons in the Spring 2005 unit of ADL's Curriculum Connections for high school students introduce the concept of "Never Again!" as a response to the Holocaust and highlight the one-man crusade by a Polish, Jewish lawyer and Holocaust survivor to establish a convention in international law that would prevent and punish the crime of genocide. The second half of the unit examines the barriers that have thwarted the realization of "Never Again!" since World War II, with a special emphasis on the genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan.
"This season's Curriculum Connections unit is particularly timely because it marks 60 years since the liberation of Auschwitz," said Ed Alster, ADL Director of Education. "We hope this will teach teens the concept of "Never Again!" but also, the importance of learning the lessons of the Holocaust as they apply to today's crises in the world."
Curriculum Connections is a series of online teaching resources developed by ADL to help elementary, middle and high school educators integrate multicultural, anti-bias and social justice themes into their lesson plans. It was launched at the end of 2004. Each issue is organized around a particular topic or theme and is distributed via e-mail three to four times per school year. In January, ADL distributed to middle and high school educators a lesson plan based on the life and accomplishments of Shirley Chisholm, a key civil rights figure and the first Black woman elected to Congress.
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.