Welcome Holocaust educators to our Crossing Lines Resources Chart. We invite you to add new resources as well as comments to share with us strategies, topics, standards, etc., that you've used to complement any of the resources listed below.

Note: All resources listed below should be screened prior to classroom use. With some resources, it may be more age-appropriate to select sections of a resource rather than provide students with the entire piece.



Holocaust Resources

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When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit - Based on author's real-life story, the story is appropriate for younger children.
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Hana's Suitcase- Book tells the story of Hana Brady, a girl killed at Auschwitz, and how her suitcase came to be a part of the Tokyo Holocaust Education Resource Center.
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Benno and the Night of Broken Glass - A recommended story for primary grades.
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I Never Saw Another Butterfly- Hano Volavkova - Collection of poems and pictures drawn by the young inmates of the Terezin Concentration Camp.
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Terrible Things: An Allegory of the Holocaust - Eve Bunting - "Story encourages young children to stand up for what they think is right, without waiting for others to join them."
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The Devil's Arithmetic - Jane Yolen - Provides an answer to those who question why we should remember the Holocaust.
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Passage to Freedom: The Sugihara Story - Ken Mocizuki - Story of one man's remarkable courage - the Japanese consul to Lithuania - and the respect between a father and son, "who shared the weight of witness and an amazing act of humanity."
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The Journey That Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H. A. Rey - Louise Borden - Provides Holocaust connection to beloved children's story.
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Number the Stars- Lois Lowry - Set in Denmark in 1943, story is about friendship and bravery during the Nazi occupation.
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We Are Witnesses: Five Diaries of Boys Who Died in the Holocaust- Jacob Boas - five teenagers' wartime diaries, enhanced with skillful commentary.
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Storming the Tulips - Hannie J. Voyles - Memoirs of 20 children, former students of the 1st Montessori School in Amsterdam, who survived the Nazi occupation.
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Five Chimneys: A Woman's Survivor Story of Auschwitz - Olga Lengyel - Founder of The Memorial Library, Lengyel shares her story of loss, survival by wit, resistance, and resilience
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Briar Rose- Jane Yolen - Yolen takes the story of Briar Rose (commonly known as Sleeping Beauty) and links it to the Holocaust.
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The Wave: The Classroom Experiment That Went Too Far - Todd Strasser -Based upon an actual incident that took place in a high school class in Palo Alto, California.
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Parallel Journeys- Eleanor Ayer -Ayer juxtaposes the stories of two WWII youths, one a German Jew and the other a Hitler Youth, excerpted from their published memoirs.
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Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101- Christopher Browning -Chronicles the rise and fall of Reserve Police Battalion 101, one of several units that took part in the Final Solution to the Jewish Question while in Poland.
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Bondi's Brother: A Story of Love, Loss, and Betrayal - Irving Roth - Holocaust survivor's straightforward account of the Holocaust, without the gory details, could be used as early as 6th grade.
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Maus I (My Father Bleeds History) and Maus II (And Here My Trouble Begins)- A Survivor's Tale - Art Spielgelman - "Spiegelman's startling comic about the Holocaust, which revolves around his survivor father's experiences, won a 1992 Pulitzer Prize"
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The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness- Simon Wiesenthal - "First part relates the story of how Wiesenthal, as a prisoner in a Nazi concentration camp, was brought before a dying SS trooper, who explained his actions and asked for forgiveness. Second part is thought-provoking collection of essays from world leaders in response to Wiesenthal's question: "What would you have done?"
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The Book Thief- Markus Zusak - "Death himself narrates the World War II-era story of Liesel Meminger. Story follows Leisel as "she steals books in Nazi Germany while she and her best friend discover the power of words, language and friendship."
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From Holocaust survivor Jay Frankston:
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Auschwitz and After - Charlotte Delbo - Survivor of Birkinau, who worked for the French Resistance, Delbo sought to preserve a record of the atrocities perpetrated by the Nazis.
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Hana's Suitcase - Beautifully done website to complement and extend book.
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Film footage of Anne Frank – Filmed in celebration of a neighbor’s wedding in July of 1941, shortly before the Frank family went into hiding, this is the only footage of Anne Frank.
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We Remember Anne Frank – Scholastic’s unit includes interviews with Miep Gies, the loyal employee of the Frank family. Lessons are arranged by grade level, starting with grade 3.
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Paper Clip Project - Whitwell Middle School - "Changing the World...one clip at a time...one class at a time."
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The Memorial Library: Survivor Videos - Interviews with Dr. Livia Britton-Jackson, Gisela Glaser, and Irving Roth.
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Good Movies with resisters/rescuers/survivors - From Michelle Lowe:
  • White Rose- About Hans and Sophie Scholl (german students who resisted Hitler's political control)--not a happy ending, unfortunately.
  • Escape from Sobibor - The most successful uprising and escape
  • Defiance - About the Bielski brothers, Jewish escapees who helped hundreds of other Jewish refugees
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Google Cultural Institute -adynamic set of stunningly beautiful collections, including Anne Frank, her life, her diary - and more, including Yad Vashem collections.
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Jewish Partisan Education Foundation - Lessons aligned to the Common Core Standards

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Germany in the 1930's - Introduction to Nazi ascent - Prezi style


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The Unities State Holocaust Memorial Museum - Outstanding site for finding lessons and resources on the Holocaust

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USC Shoah Foundation - Educators might want to start with the Archives, which includes more recent holocausts

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Google Cultural Institute - Stories of the Holocaust - Take a tour of the Anne Frank House - and more

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Museum of Tolerance - Simon Wiesenthal's vision for a museum that would not only remind us of the past, but remind us to act.

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Japanese Internment Resources

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The Bracelet- Yosiko Uchida - This internment experience story has universal appeal because the theme is friendship
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My Dog Teny - Yoshito Wayne Osaki - A true short story about a boy and his dog and the friendship they shared - prior to Executive Order 9066.
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Baseball Saved Us- Ken Mochizuki - Poignant story about a young Japanese-American boy in an internment camp and the baseball diamond that gave the internees a purpose in life and a way of passing the time.
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Grandfather's Journey- Allen Say - Beautiful depiction of family's unique cross-cultural experience. "Say warmly conveys his own love for his two countries, and the strong and constant desire to be in both places at once."
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Farewell to Manzanar- J.W. Houston & J.D. Houston - "True story of one spirited Japanese-American family's attempt to survive the indignities of forced detention . . . and of a native-born American child who discovered what it was like to grow up behind barbed wire in the United States.
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Kiyo's Story - Kiyo Sato - Set mainly in Sacramento, California, this beautifully written account of discrimination provides a window into Issei (first-generation immigrant) challenges, resilience, and culture.
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Time of Remembrance Oral Histories Project - On-going project and website sponsored by the Elk Grove Unified School District, as part of their commitment to preserve the first-hand accounts of those who experienced or witnessed the forced removal of Japanese-Americans from the West Coast during WWII.
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Densho - The Japanese American Legacy Project - Out of Seattle, Washington, the Densho project has wealth of interview clips (and was the inspiration for the Elk Grove Time of Remembrance Oral Histories Project listed above).
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Fred Kormatsu: American Hero - Anupam Chander and Madhavi Sunder - In comic book format, the story of Japanese internment from a resister's perspective. Connects to 9/11 events and aftermath.
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Rwandan Resources

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Rwanda Trip 2012 - Beautiful video footage from Sacramento Unified School District's Jeremy Pretco, who collaborated with and traveled with Pam Bodnar to Rwanda during the summer of 2012.
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Baking Cakes in Kigali - Gaile Parkin - Rwandan genocide
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I'm not Leaving - Carl Wilkens - Story of the only American to remain in Rwanda throughout the 1990 genocide. Note: For more resources on Carl, see his
Crossing Linespresenter page.
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Strength in What Remains - Tracy Kidder - "Based on true story of one man’s inspiring American journey and of the ordinary people who helped him, providing brilliant testament to the power of second chances." Story crosses back and
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Over a Thousand Hills I Walk with You - Hanna Jensen - Rwandan genocide
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Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Genocide - Immaculee Ilibagiza
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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope - William Kamkwamba - Malawi
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The Translator: A Tribesman's Memoir of Durfar - Daoud Hari - Darfur genocide
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Empowering Youth to Repair the World - From Mark Gudgel (Educators Institute for Human Rights) - His TED talk makes a powerful connection between the Holocaust and the Rwandan genocide - and a compelling argument for teaching both.
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God Grew Tired of Us - About the boys of Sudan, their harrowing escape and journey and their assimilation into American culture.
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Survivors Tell of Horror & Faith - Immaculee Ilibagiza's 2008 interview with CNN.


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Preventing Genocide - Learn More & Take Action - From the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum


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The World Outside My Shoes - Official website of Carl Wilkens -"a non-profit educational and professional development organization committed to inspiring and equipping
people to enter the world of 'The Other.'"


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Strength in What Remains - Youtube interview with Pulitzer Prize winner author Tracy Kidder


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Bosnian Resources

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Zlata's Diary: A Child's Diary from Wartime Sarajevo (Revised edition) - Child survivor Zlata Flipovic's story
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Children of War: Excerpts from Zlata's Diary - From Discovery Education
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Excerpt from Surviving the Bosnian Genocide: The Women of Srebrenica Speak - From PBS, 5-part series Women, War Peace.


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Genocide in the 20th Century: Bosnia-Herzegovina 1992-1995 200,000 Deaths - From the History Place


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Zlata's Diary - A digital collection, via Youbube, of compelling images from the Bosnian genocide
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The Roots of War - Part 1 - Intro video from Altijana's session



Secret War Resources

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The Latehomecomer - A Hmong Family Memoir - Kao Kalia Yang's story of her family's harrowing escape for Laos, their life in the
refugee camps, and their experiences with American life and learning.
Note: This book is also available through Audible and is read by the author.


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Time of Remembrance Secret War resources: Books - From the Elk Grove Unified School District's oral histories project
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History of California's Assembly Bill AB78 - Introduction to the legislation and accompanying resources


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California Assembly Bill 2064 - Passed in 2008, ramps up AB78 with requirement to ensure curriculum adapted materials on Vietnam War include Secret War in Laos.



Hmong Role in the Secret War - This video was edited by Xiong Vang of MN. With his permission it was played at the Celebrate with Steve Ly Event (Elk Grove, CA). promote the compliance of CA schools and AB 78.


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40 Years after Secret War in Laos Bombies Continue to Kill Laotians - Interview with an all-women bombie clearance team, dealing with
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CIA Air Operations in Laos - Explanation of "supporting the 'Secret War.'"


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Laos: The Not So Secret War (1970) - From the NARA website, "this film is a Columbia Broadcasting Service (CBS) exploration of the history of the "secret" war in Laos, the Central Intelligence Agency's involvement in the war, and U.S foreign policy toward the country."


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The Betrayal (Nerakhoon) - PBS lesson to teach the human consequences of the Secret War.


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Time of Remembrance Oral Histories Project - Elk Grove USD has recently updated the TOR project to include interviews and resources on the Secret War in Laos.

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General Resources

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Playing for Change - From the Playing for Change organization.
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Heroes in the Hallway - From Spirit Desk LLC.
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Anti-Bullying PSA: The Price of Silence - From the Museum of Tolerance - an upstander story, cell-phone style.
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Digital ID Project: Focus 1 - Stepping Up - A dynamic collection of resources for helping students to step up, cross the line, and speak up for themselves and for others.
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Upstanders, Not Bystanders VoiceThread - An invitation for students of all ages and community members to share a story or comment on a story about someone who has crossed the line from bystander to upstander.

VoiceThread samples for teaching empathy: Letters from the Internment Camps (4th grade); Difference Makers (4th/5th)
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Upstanders, Not Bystanders Lesson Plan - A sample, easily-adaptable lesson for middle school that builds on the Upstanders, Not Bystanders VoiceThread.
Here's a sample parent letter for permission to post to the Internet using VoiceThread.

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KQED Do Now - Wonderful program that aims to build students' civic engagement and digital literacy.

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Circle of Viewpoints - A framework for encouraging and guiding students to consider diverse perspectives by envisioning the questions that different stakeholders might have.

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Books for teaching empathy - From Common Sense Media, book list for ages 3 - 15
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Zlata's Diary - A digital collection, via Youbube, of compelling images from the Bosnian genocide
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