ZACHOR Holocaust Curriculum (ZHC) is an interactive version of Holocaust history, designed specifically with educators and the ease of student comprehension in mind. ZHC promotes confidence while augmenting the tools needed to teach about the Holocaust in an intimate and significant way. Our lessons are historical, factual, and customizable – while meeting national and state curriculum standards. The elements of our program and corresponding materials will help initiate important discussions that can lead to enlightenment and a deep understanding of this pivotal moment in history.

What makes ZHC different – and much more effective than learning with a traditional textbook? Our program teaches about the Holocaust through the introspective and detailed accounts of Survivor Ben Lesser.

We hope our curriculum serves as a catalyst to stimulate emotional and academic growth for today’s youth – our future leaders. By transforming the hearts and minds of those who were not there, we can embolden the legacy of those who were.

Our Strategies / Pedagogy For Educators

Teaching a multifaceted subject, such as the Holocaust, requires responsibility, acute sensitivity, and sense of awareness. Our lessons can help educators navigate this complex topic with materials which are an effective compliment to any standards-based World War II curriculum.

ZHC offers a variety of methods to introduce the curriculum including:


An illustrative firsthand perspective narrated through audio, video and photographs for better comprehension.

Language Development

Responsive teacher / student discussions and productive activities

Critical Thinking

Guided break-out discussion sessions and tools that provide relevancy and context to the dense subject matter

This format uses an atomistic approach to the topic, utilizing Ben Lesser’s accounts, as a way to teach the subject as a whole. Therefore, his individual experiences and perspective offers a complete and broad representation of the Holocaust.

In addition, Bloom’s Taxonomy Models (cognitive, affective, and sensory) and Webb’s Depth of Knowledge Levels (acquired knowledge, knowledge application, analysis, and augmentation) were utilized in this curriculum for student engagement.

Numerous common core and state standards in Social Studies and English/Language Arts will be met through this curriculum.