Workshops on the Holocaust


Eight to ten workshops are held throughout the school year at sites across the state. Over 12,000 teachers and administrators have attended Council workshops since 1989.

Each workshop focuses on one of seven topics:

  • Why Teach about the Holocaust in 2019?
  • Historical and Contemporary Anti-Semitism
  • The History of the Holocaust: The N.C. Connection
  • Resistance in the Holocaust
  • Deadly Medicine: Nazi, American, and N.C. Eugenics
  • State of Deception: Nazi Propaganda
  • Oath and Opposition: Education in the Third Reich.

Several workshops (except Propaganda) are presented in collaboration with Echoes and Reflections, a national program providing an online Holocaust curriculum with resources.

Visit the Directors’ Workshops page to register for a workshop and download workshop materials.

Contact workshop directors Karen Klaich (eastern NC) and Juanita Ray (western NC) for more information.


Visit this page in September to view the 2020-2021 workshop schedule and to register for a workshop.

Interested in hosting a Holocaust workshop for teachers in your district? Visit our FAQs page.

The one-day workshops:

  • Are offered across the state at no charge and are open to all North Carolina middle and high school teachers and administrators. Substitute pay is provided for public school teachers.

  • Feature a Holocaust survivor, including camp survivors Zev Harel (Greensboro) and Walter Ziffer (Weaverville). View videos of workshop speakers on the Council's Vimeo site.

  • Feature one of the following seven topics: Why Teach about the Holocaust in 2019?, Historical and Contemporary Anti-Semitism, The History of the Holocaust: The N.C. Connection, Resistance in the Holocaust, State of Deception: Nazi Propaganda, and Oath and Opposition: Education in the Third Reich, and Deadly Medicine: Nazi, American, and N.C. Eugenics. Each workshop will include a historical overview of the Holocaust in context of the topic.

  • Provide a best practices session with Karen Klaich or Juanita Ray, North Carolina educators and Teaching Fellows of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

  • Provide participants with selections from the resource guide The Holocaust: A North Carolina Teacher's Resource (see Teacher’s Guide) and a certificate of attendance for renewal credit (.06 hours).

  • Are especially useful for social studies teachers of U.S. history and world civilizations, and for language arts teachers who use Holocaust works such as The Diary of Anne Frank, Number the Stars, and Elie Wiesel's Night.

Media Coverage

Holocaust Council workshops

Other survivor presentations
See Speakers and Survivors for referrals to survivors who will speak to students and other groups.

Photo: Holocaust workshop in Greenville, March 2016.