World War II was a horrific plague on civilization in the 20th century. Over six million Jews, were ruthlessly slaughtered in death camps across Europe. As incivility and hate crimes increase today in the U.S., 90 year old Irving Roth is taking on the hostility one day at a time. Roth, director of the Holocaust Resource Center–Temple Judea of Manhasset, New York, is a survivor of Auschwitz. He joined Karl Lengel for a discussion of his experience and its relevance to the present.

The Holocaust memorial in Berlin.
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There are a lot of subjects that are tough to teach, but one of the most difficult is the Holocaust. It’s an important historical event, but one that can be scary for students to hear about, and hard to understand. With a recent rise in hate crimes, activists say now especially, the history of the Holocaust and antisemitism is important for students to learn.

Echoes and Reflections creates middle and high school curriculum on the Holocaust. WWNO's education reporter Jess Clark attended their recent training at the National World War II Museum. Here are five ways to improve instruction.