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We were slowly conditioned into the role of victim. We were the ones that were hunted. We looked it and we acted it. We didn’t even need that yellow star on our left chest, the fear in our eyes gave us away . . .

– Gerda Haas, from Maine Survivors Remember the Holocaust

Against All Odds– Written by HHRC member and Holocaust survivor, Edith Pagelson

“November 10, 1938. I know it was a Thursday. I was 12 years old, combing my hair in front of the mirror and getting ready for school. My father returned home from the Synagogue, just as he had done each day to say the traditional Kaddish prayer for my grandparents, who had passed away earlier in the year. But that morning was different. As he walked through the door, he turned to me and said, ‘You don’t have to go to school today. They burned the Synagogue.’ This was my first experience of terror, my first real blow. Somehow, deep in the recesses of my soul, I grasped that life, as I knew it, was going to change forever.”

Against All Odds is now available for purchase at the HHRC. The $17.95 price will benefit the work of the HHRC.


Maine Survivors Remember the Holocaust – DVD

Maine Survivors Remember the Holocaust

Between 1933 and 1945, the Nazis systematically isolated, degraded, and murdered the Jews of Europe. Maine Survivors Remember the Holocaust, HHRC’s Emmy-nominated documentary, offers a clear and compelling introduction to the Holocaust for general audiences. The 43 minute film, designed for use in one classroom period, weaves archival film clips, photographs, maps, and music with the personal stories of eight Maine survivors and an American liberator.

Maine Survivors Remember the Holocaust was written by Steve Hochstadt, former Bates College historian, produced by Harriet Passerman, and directed by Charley Rose at Maine Public Television. Released nationally in 1995, the documentary is also available through the Social Studies School Service catalog, ADL Film catalog, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Grades 9 – Adult | 43 min. | DVD $20
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Video Clips from Maine Survivors Remember the Holocaust


The Spirit That Moves Us
A Literature-Based Resource Guide, Vol I

Teaching About Diversity, Prejudice, Human Rights and the Holocaust

The Spirit That Moves Usby Laura R. Petovello, J.D.
Revised 1998 by Donna Taranko and Sharon Nichols
in association with the Holocaust & Human Rights Center of Maine

Grades K – 4 | 316 pages | Out of Print
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This guide helps educators explore such issues as prejudice and diversity through the use of children’s books. Designed as a resource and inspiration for teachers, it contains annotations for 23 children’s books, lesson plans, discussion questions, and hands-on activities divided by curriculum areas. The guide helps children understand differences between people and the problems these differences can cause. Includes background articles for teachers on moral education and multiculturalism, as well as resource lists of books, organizations, and videos.


The Spirit That Moves Us
A Literature-Based Resource Guide, Vol II

Teaching About the Holocaust and Human Rights

The Spirit That Moves Us II

by Rachel Quenk
in association with the Holocaust & Human Rights Center of Maine

Grades 5 – 8 | 176 pages | Price: $25
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Volume II explores the broader issues of identity and prejudice to illuminate the plight of oppressed groups during the Holocaust. What basic social needs unite all human beings and cultures? What are our obligations in a multicultural society? Placing the Holocaust in the larger context of prejudice and social responsibility, this Guide presents lesson plans based on fictional or autobiographical children’s books, including questions and exercises that incorporate geography, history, social studies, math, art, music, and science. An annotated bibliography lists books, videos, and internet links; and the Guide includes appendices with articles and helpful resources for teachers.


The Spirit That Moves Us, Vol III

Using Literature, Art & Music to Teach About the Holocaust

The Spirit That Moves Us

by Lorry Stillman
in association with the Holocaust & Human Rights Center of Maine

Grades 9 – College | 220 pages | Price: $25

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Volume III engages the Holocaust through encounters with art, literature, and music. Featured texts include The Last of the Just; The Quay; A Scrap of Time; Stones from the River; Seed of Sarah; Night by Elie Wiesel; This Way to the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen; If Not Now, When?; The Shawl; and Art Spiegelman’s graphic novel, Maus. Each chapter provides a plot summary with literary analysis of symbol, imagery, language, and style. Lesson plans, writing exercises, and suggested research projects foster discussion and debate about moral choices and ethical behavior. Additional chapters explore the art and music of the Holocaust. The Guide includes glossaries, character lists, research sources, a selected bibliography of books and films, and recommended reading for teachers and students.