For Educators

Teacher Workshops

The HMMSA offers a variety of workshops during the year and is certified by the Texas Education Agency to issue CPE’s to teachers attending any of our educational events. Holocaust educators are welcome to contact the museum for help in developing Holocaust related instructional units and/or using our educational resources to support the teaching of the Holocaust.

To receive information about upcoming programs and workshops, please call us at 210.302.6812, or send us an e-mail.

Special Resources

Vocabulary List for use in the classroom.

Book list for K-5 education centered around themes such as empathy, kindness love of other, the dangers of apathy and hatred and some age appropriate Holocaust related books.

The Virtual Tour Teacher Guide is to assist teachers in introducing the Holocaust and should be viewed prior to introducing the virtual tour to students.
Virtual Tour Teacher Guide

The Middle School and High School worksheets for use while viewing the virtual tour. You can find them below:
Virtual Tour – HS Worksheet
Virtual Tour – MS Worksheet

HMMSA Video Virtual Tour – This video provides an overview of the Holocaust using images and content from the Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio, allowing viewers to “visit” the museum through the internet. Please be advised that some of the images shown and topics discussed are graphic in nature and this video is not recommended for children under 11 years old. Parental discretion is advised.

HMMSA San Antonio Survivor Testimonies – This video is a compilation of San Antonio Holocaust Survivor Testimonies including: Rose Williams, Susanne Jalnos, & George Fodor. Please be advised that some of the topics discussed are graphic in nature and this video is not recommended for children under 11 years old. Parental discretion is advised.

HMMSA Texas Holocaust Remembrance Week Presentation from 1/27/2020 – This video is a recording of the presentation offered at the museum for the first annual Texas Holocaust Remembrance Week. Please be advised that some of the images shown and topics discussed are graphic in nature and this video is not recommended for children under 11 years old. Parental discretion is advised.

This video is part of a series of book previews that will be posted during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that has forced schools in the greater San Antonio and South Texas communities to switch to online learning.  Our first recommendation is White Bird by RJ Palacio. This is ideal for grades 4-8 but can be enjoyed by any audience. Teachers may want to assign writing or analysis to go with this video. Ideas: predict what will happen next, compare/contrast Julian’s childhood with Grandmere’s, find text connections, and reaction: are you interested in this book? Why or why not? Before watching, you may assign our virtual tour and a the accompanying worksheet found at the top of this page.

Book Talk #2, Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl. This is a reminder that we have the power to choose our attitude. Appropriate for high school age and up.

Book Talk #3, Saving Hanno: The Story of a Refugee Dog by Miriam Halahmy. Appropriate for upper elementary and middle school students.

Book Talk #4: Why? Explaining the Holocaust by Peter Hayes is a clear and beautifully written answer to the most common question about the Holocaust: Why? He answers questions others do not even ask. We recommend this for college age, adults, and some high school students.

Book Talk #5: A beautifully illustrated book for ages 7-10, The Whispering Town is based on the true story of how Denmark saved Jewish citizens during the Nazi occupation.

Book Talk #6: Vivian Kearney’s Echoes and Aftershocks is one of the books featured in our HMMSA Reads Book club.  Kearney is one of our local San Antonio authors, who was born in Poland in 1942 and raised in Paris and Montreal.

Book Talk #7:  Letters to Rose by Rose Williams, Becky Hoag, and Robin Philbrick. Rose Williams is one of our local survivors who has spoken in front of thousands of students. In this book, not only does Rose tell her story but interwoven are letters from children who have heard her speak.

Our Voices, Our Lives: Twenty Holocaust Survivors Remember is a teacher’s resource book for English, Language Arts, and Social Studies classrooms that uses the video testimonies from the USC Shoah Foundation Institute to make stories from Holocaust survivors come alive to students in the classroom. This book can be purchased at the museum for $25 and is included in our Educational Trunks.

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