Teaching the Holocaust and Genocide

Community resource guide by organization

Free resources for educators

Engage the community with education and commemorative opportunities, to connect and educate all generations. If you would like to have your organization listed below, please send a message to info@ctvoicesofhope.org with your contact information.

Anti-Defamation League (ADL)

Free Echoes and Reflections Curriculum

Contact: Marji Lipshez-Shapiro; Email: mshapiro@adl.org

  • For over 10 years, ADL has been the premier provider of Holocaust education for teachers (middle and high school) in CT. For over 27 years, ADL has provided thousands of anti-bias education programs, to CT administrators, teachers, students, and parents.  
  • Our Echoes and Reflections program is a nationally renowned, evaluated and award-winning Holocaust Education program, a partnership between ADL, Yad Vashem and The Shoah Foundation. The Echoes and Reflections materials, which include in-person training, an online curriculum and webinars, are continuously updated and are rated as very user-friendly by teachers.
  • ADL’s Echoes and Reflections curriculum provides free databases, resource libraries, educational programs and training, lesson plans and children’s literature.

Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies

Fairfield University

1073 North Benson Road, Fairfield, CT 06824

Contact: Jennifer Haynos, Program Manager; Phone: 203-254-4000 ext. 2065; email: eumansky@fairfield.edu; bennettcenter@fairfield.edu

  • Hosts annual Holocaust remembrance service

Connecticut Council for the Social Studies

For more information, contact the CCSS

  • Hosts and annual conference on social studies theories and practices.
  • Website contains information about CT Social Studies Standards and Framework.
  • Links to helpful resources for teachers, including museums and organizations.

Connecticut State Department of Education

450 Columbus Ave., Hartford, CT 06103


Contact: Stephen Armstrong, Social Studies Consultant

  • For information about CT Elementary and Social Studies frameworks and online materials visit the website.

Facing History and Ourselves

  • Free educator resources, training opportunities, professional coaching, and guidance for administrators on Holocaust and genocide education.

Hochberg Holocaust Education & Human Rights Committee

Temple B’Nai Israel

383 Jackson Street, Willimantic, CT 06226



Contact: Carol Kraus or Jeanne Morascini

  • Annual Kristallnacht Remembrance event and Yom HaShoah commemoration.
  • Offers grants to schools and libraries to enhance Holocaust and Human Rights collections.
  • Has held various events including symposiums, speaker events (speakers also available), and teacher workshops.
  • Active Daughters of Abraham Book Club and Interfaith Working Group.

Holocaust Child Survivors of Connecticut

Contact: Agnes Vertes, President

For Speaking Engagements: speakers@hcs-ct.org.

  • Runs the Holocaust Survivors Speaker Bureau which allows schools and organizations to host speakers in-house.

Jewish Federation Association of Connecticut (JFACT)

40 Woodland Street, Hartford, CT

For more information, email Michael Bloom or call 860-727-5701

  • The Jewish Federation Association of Connecticut, (JFACT), speaks with one voice for the seven Connecticut Jewish Federations.  JFACT is the government and community relations arm of the Jewish Federation system in the state, and lobbies for legislation at the local, state and federal level that is of interest to Connecticut’s Jewish community and in support of Israel.
  • Runs a legislative internship program which places Jewish college students in the Legislative Office Building
  • Sponsors several yearly events at the State Capitol, including the Statewide Holocaust Commemoration, Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebration and Jewish Heritage Celebration.

Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford

333 Bloomfield Ave # B, West Hartford, CT 06117

Contact: Estelle Kafer

  • The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford collects and preserves historical material relating to the Jewish community of  Greater Hartford, providing an archival center and educational repository for researchers and the general public.
  • JHSGH maintains a collection of Holocaust related photographs and exhibit panels that are available for display.
  • In addition, the Society has conducted numerous local survivor oral history interviews that are available as audio tapes or transcription for review in our office. Most have been digitized and arrangements can be made to receive a copy.

Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County

990 Hope Street, Stamford, CT 06907


Contact: info@jhsfc-ct.org

  • Collections include resources from the Holocaust Child Survivors of Connecticut, ADL and others.
  • Resources include oral histories, photos, documents, letters and more.

Mandell Jewish Community Center  

Bloomfield Ave, West Hartford, CT 06117


  • Annual Hartford Jewish Film Festival and Jewish Book Festival.
  • Hosts commemorative and educational events throughout the year.
  • Café Europa - monthly Holocaust Survivor get together.

Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center

110 Pequot Trail, Ledyard, CT 06338


Contact: Visitor Services

  • Website provides lesson plans and information.
  • Runs a permanent exhibit on the Pequot War.

Massachusetts Council for Social Studies

  • Non-profit educational organization supporting Social Studies educators, including lesson plans and Social Studies links.
  • Offers annual Northeast Regional Conference on the Social Studies.

Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Hartford

200 Bloomfield Ave, West Hartford, CT 06117

Contact: Professor Avinoam Patt or 860-768-4963.

  • Museum of Jewish Civilization current exhibits: Hartford Remembers the Holocaust and Vilna: the Jerusalem of Lithuania.
  • Annual Holocaust Educators Workshop.
  • Annual Holocaust Educators Awards program for outstanding educators.
  • Holds special speaker events during the fall and spring semesters.

Southern Connecticut State University

501 Crescent Street, New Haven, CT 06515

  • Contact David Pettigrew as a curriculum consultant, Community Resource, and Speaker for the following topics: Bosnian genocide; Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda; Genocide in Bangladesh; the Holocaust, including the story of Varian Fry.
  • Contact Troy Paddock, Professor of Modern European History at for the following subjects: Fascism, Anti-Semitism, Ethno-Nationalism, Propaganda, Holocaust denial, and the Holocaust in Germany and Europe.
  • Contact Armen Marsoobian or 203-392-6788 for the Armenian Genocide; Speakers available.
  • Hosts Holocaust Remembrance Program.

The Holocaust Education Resource and Outreach (HERO) Center

A joint initiative between the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies and Voices of Hope

200 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford, CT, 06117

Contact Kimberly Ballaro or 860-768-5729

  • Free docent-led tours of the Hartford Remembers the Holocaust exhibit at the University of Hartford.
  • Facilitates student interviews and in-school talks with local survivors.
  • Lending library for books, films and other resources.

The Rose and Sigmund Strochlitz Holocaust Resource Center of the Jewish Federation of Eastern CT

28 Channing Street, New London, CT 06320


Contact: Tammy Kaye, Coordinator, at strochlitzhrc@gmail.com

  • Encountering Survivors Program pairs small groups of high school students with Holocaust survivors and children of Holocaust Survivors in the Southeastern CT area.
  • Resource library consisting of  books, films and other materials relating to the Holocaust and human rights.

Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at University of Connecticut

405 Babbidge Rd, Unit 1205 Storrs, CT 06269


  • The Dodd Center is the archive for University records and other special collections. Includes The Human Rights Institute and the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life.
  • The Center for Judaic Studies hosts convocations and workshops on the Holocaust and genocide prevention.

Voices of Hope, Inc.

20 Waterside Drive, Farmington, CT

Contact Kathy Fishman or Anna Huttner or 860-470-5591

  • Voices of Hope’s bold mission is to foster a culture of courage and social action against hate, bigotry, intolerance and indifference.
  • Coordinates speaking engagements with Holocaust and genocide survivors, their children and U.S. Veterans.
  • Free classroom materials available both in print and online for Holocaust and genocide books and curriculum.
  • Year-long Holocaust related commemorative and educational programming.
  • Student scholarships, free field trips and teacher recognitions.
  • Speaker training for descendants of the Holocaust.

Yale University Library

New Haven, CT 06520


Contact Stephen Naron or 203-432-1880

  • Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies