International Holocaust Remembrance Day (Ages 12+)

International Holocaust Remembrance Day (Ages 12+)

Themes & Subjects
-Holocaust Remembrance, human rights, racism, democratic values, intercultural understanding, citizenship, and genocide prevention.

This playlist offers secondary-school educators the opportunity to discover new approaches to teaching about the Holocaust, along with additional teaching resource.

Marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day Resources

Films in This Playlist Include
I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors
Behind the Swastika: Nazi Atrocities
The Basketball Game
My Yiddish Papi

  • My Yiddish Papi
    2017|7 min

    A young woman decides not to answer a phone call from her grandfather, unaware that it will be his last. When he dies, she is overwhelmed with guilt and regret and can’t sleep. But then she remembers a promise made long ago: to illustrate his wartime adventures as a member of the French Resistance.

    In co-production with Picbois Productions.

  • Martha
    2020|21 min

    Even at a frail 90, Martha Katz has an impish energy that remains undiminished. She chides grandson-filmmaker Daniel Schubert over his choice of shirt during a visit to her Los Angeles home, but there’s trauma beneath the humour. At 14, Martha and her family were torn from their village in Czechoslovakia and shipped to Auschwitz. A visit to a Holocaust museum ignites painful memories, including a haunting personal encounter with one of Nazi Germany’s most notorious figures. For Martha, however, the emphasis is on a tough but rewarding postwar life in Winnipeg, which she fondly recalls in this warm, intimate portrait of an unrelenting survivor.

  • The Basketball Game
    2011|5 min

    This animated short tells the story of an epic basketball game between kids attending Jewish camp and students of a notorious local Holocaust denier. Nine-year-old Hart is attending Jewish summer camp for the first time. He is both curious and afraid. What awaits him on the basketball court?

  • I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors
    2010|15 min

    This short animation is director Ann Marie Fleming’s animated adaptation of Bernice Eisenstein’s acclaimed illustrated memoir. Using the healing power of humour, the film probes the taboos around a very particular second-hand trauma, leading us to a more universal understanding of human experience. The film sensitively explores identity and loss through the audacious proposition that the Holocaust is addictive and defining.

  • Memorandum

    This documentary follows a Holocaust survivor in 1965 on an emotional pilgrimage to Bergen Belsen, the last of 11 concentration camps where he was held by the Nazis. He and 30 other former Jewish inmates travel through the new Germany. Scenes still vivid in his mind are recalled in flashback. The memorandum of the title refers to Hitler's memo offering a "final solution" to the "Jewish problem."

  • Behind the Swastika: Nazi Atrocities
    1945|5 min

    This short documentary reveals the atrocities that occurred in German concentration camps during World War II. With images of suffering humans and mass graves, this film depicts the events that transpired under Hitler's rule and the condition of the prisoners when they were liberated by the Allied Forces.

    This newsreel was produced by the NFB at the end of the Second World War and therefore does not convey the full scope of the atrocities committed during the Holocaust. It contains disturbing images. Viewer discretion is advised.