New Jersey Department of Education

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Curriculum Guides & Materials

The core mission of the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education is to promote Holocaust education in the State of New Jersey. The mission includes providing assistance and advice to all schools in New Jersey as a means to promote the study of the Holocaust and other genocides.

It is our hope that the curriculum guides will enable teachers to challenge students to think deeply about many important issues that affect all of our lives and our future.  Some of these issues relate to historical events such as the Holocaust and other tragic genocides.  Others relate to the root causes, implications of, and possible responses to, prejudice, hatred, discrimination and stereotyping in many different historical and contemporary settings.  We encourage students to consider the importance of personal responsibility in helping to create a more humane world, and to consider the roles of the perpetrator, victim and bystander in historical and contemporary events.  When taught well, this subject helps students learn that even amid the most inhumane events in history, some people chose to do what was right, thus giving hope for the future.

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