Where do modern Jewish literature and culture fit in your classroom?

Like all great books, the most powerful works of modern Jewish literature are windows into the experiences of others and mirrors that help us reflect on ourselves. This site is designed to support teachers who want to share this rich material with their students.

If you’re teaching about the Holocaust—especially in the lead-up to International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27—consider including some poetry in your lesson plans. These resource kits focus on three powerful poems written during and immediately after the Holocaust, two in Yiddish and one in German, two by survivors and one by a writer who had immigrated to New York in the 1930s. Ask students to consider: Who were each of these writers? What did each know about the events of the Holocaust? What did each experience? What words and poetic forms did each use to communicate about unspeakable events? Together or individually, these resources will add complexity, depth, and emotional resonance to your Holocaust study.

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