Preventing Bullying through Holocaust Education


A number of social agencies – not just Holocaust organizations – are beginning to teach the Holocaust as a means of demonstrating what can happen if bullying is allowed to escalate into stereotyping, prejudice, racism, and worse. The DHRC is considering launching a Dayton-area anti-bullying initiative. Ideas from teachers are especially welcome. Cyber-bullying is a new and especially worrying phenomenon – through social media like Facebook, kids can now bully other kids anonymously, and even recruit their friends to help. As you probably know, suicides have already resulted. Here are a few links to similar projects around the country and resources on bullying, hate speech and other forms of intimidation faced by students today.

Resources for Teachers

The Holocaust as a Bullying Teaching Aid

School Bus bullying, a guide for teachers and parents

Teaching the Holocaust – Using the Concept of Bullying

Holocaust survivor on bullying (news article from Connecticut)

Facing History on bullying and ostracism (from a radical historians’ organization, Facing History and Ourselves)

anti-bullying programs from the Holocaust Memorial and Education Center of Florida

article on using children’s literature to address bullying, from the Anti-Defamation League

Risks of Connecting Bullying to the Holocaust, from Echoes and Reflections

a Holocaust/bullying lesson plan, aimed at first-graders

“What does bullying have to do with the Holocaust?” article from Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston

Ideas from causes.com

Children of the Holocaust: A Discussion Guide

General Bullying Resources

Words That Heal: Using Children’s Literature to Address Bullying

Identity-Based Bullying

When is Bullying a Hate Crime? (Education World)

Lesson plan from Learning to Give

When Bullying Becomes a Civil Rights Issue

Legal aspects of student conduct and discipline policies

Federal guidelines on bullying

Department of Education website on bullying and harassment

Bullying Prevention Toolkit from Georgia Department of Education

lots of resources from the Ohio Department of Education

still more from the Florida Department of Education

Bullying Education website

National Bullying Prevention Center

Upstander Alliance – “Bully Bust”

Kidpower website on how to combat bullying

Free video from Tolerance.org

Embracing Our Differences

Hate Speech, Hate Crimes and Hate Symbols

Swastikas and other hate symbols

Responding to Hate and Violence

Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr.: Hate Crimes Prevention Act

The Holocaust and Hate Crimes/Hate Speech

Tackling Hate Speech through Media Education (slideshow)

Preventing Hate Speech Online

Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Hate Map”

Childtrends website on victims of hate speech

Centers for Educational Justice & Community Engagement (UC Berkeley) – “What Is a Hate Crime?”

UNESCO on Hate Speech

“Bookmarks,” a manual for combating hate speech online through human rights education (published online by the Council of Europe) – slow download

Opinion on why hate speech should not be banned

a viewpoint from the Canadian press

How American law differs from international law on hate speech – interesting viewpoint from a Palestinian organization

rather technical legal paper on regulation of hate speech, from Duke U.

article on “Trump Talk” in the schools from Washington Post

article from the No Hate Speech Movement

Hate Speech on Campus, from ACLU

 No Name-Calling Week resources from GLSEN

Understanding Disabilities

“The Present” and Living with a Disability

Equal Treatment, Equal Access: Raising Awareness about People with Disabilities and Their Struggle for Equal Rights

Department of Education website on Discrimination against People with Disabilities

National Bullying Prevention Center’s website on students with disabilities

Department of Education on bullying of disabled students

Stomp Out Bullying website on disabled students

Bullying resources for kids with cerebral palsy

Guidebook to Visual Disabilities: https://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/colleges-helping-visually-impaired-students/

Disability Resources for College Students: https://www.learnhowtobecome.org/college/resources-for-students-with-disabilities/

Resources for Disabled Students: https://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/college-resource-center/resources-for-students-with-disabilities/

Navigating Learning Disabilities and the Cost for Treatment: https://www.thesimpledollar.com/navigating-learning-disabilities-and-the-cost-for-treatment/

The “Fake News” Epidemic

Fake News and What We Can Do about It

How to teach students about fake news, lesson plan from PBS

The Classroom Where Fake News Fails, from NPR

Battling Fake News in the Classroom, from Edutopia

Fake News and What We Can Do about It, lesson plan from ADL

Students Need Our Help Detecting Fake News, from MiddleWeb

How to Spot Fake News (and Teach Kids to Be Media Savvy) from Commonsense Media


Free Speech vs. Hate Speech

The First Amendment and Our Freedoms

National Coalition against Censorship

American Bar Association on hate speech and free speech, for students

Common Sense Media – “Breaking Down Hate Speech” for grades 9-12

How hate groups and white supremacists use “free speech” arguments to promote hate speech

From the Heterodox Academy – free speech as antidote to hate speech

article from Psychology Today

Refugees and Immigrants

We Were Strangers Too: Learning about Refugees through Art

Who are the Children at Our Border?

Fighting against the discrimination of migrants and refugees around the world, from Oxfam

Without prejudice: discrimination and refugees (from Human Rights Council of Australia)


A Time for Sight: The Debate over Color Blindness and Race-Consciousness in School Integration Policy

Role Models and Stereotypes

Black Lives Matter

Microaggressions In Our Lives

Cyber-bullying and Cyber-hate

Confronting Cyberhate

Cyberbullying: Understanding and Addressing Online Cruelty

Addressing Hate Online: Countering Cyberhate with Counterspeech

Deconstructing Online Hate (from Canada)

Combating Global White Supremacy in the Digital Era (from City U. Of New York)


The Struggle to Prevent Genocide

Genocide Education Project

Genocide Education, from Syracuse University

Redefining Genocide Education (Word doc)

Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation

The Genocide Intervention Network (GI-NET)


Anti-Muslim Bigotry and Being an Ally

The ‘Muslim Ban’ and the Power of Protest

Countering Anti-Muslim Hate (from Muslim Advocates)

Countering discrimination against Muslims (from Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe)

We Can Fight Back Against Trump’s Islamophobia (The Nation, November 2016)

Freedom of Speech v. Freedom of Religion? How American Muslims Are Countering Hate and Getting It Right (from Religious Freedom Institute)

Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad in Time magazine

Homophobia and Transgender Issues

Caitlyn Jenner and the Power of Coming Out

Understanding Homophobia/Heterosexism: and How to Be an Ally

Transgender Identity and Issues

What is Marriage Equality?

School-Based Gay-Affirmative Interventions: First Amendment and Ethical Concerns (from National Institutes of Health)

Legal Issues and Resources for LGBT College Students

LGBT Resources from Case Western Reserve U.

ADL and the LGBT Community: A Commitment to Equal Rights

LGBT Rights (from Human Rights Watch)

Experiencing hate at school (from LGBT Foundation)

Hate Crimes Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, And Transgender Individuals (from The Leadership Conference)

 Resources for Transgender College Students

Local organization, GLSEN

Drug Abuse and Bullying (from addictionresource.com)


The Trap of Masculinity: How Sexism Impacts Boys and Men

Gender Bias in Education

Modern Day Sexism in Education, from TeachNology

Gender and Education website

Institute for Humane Education on sexism

Resources from Rethinking Schools


Beyond Stigma and Stereotypes: What is Homelessness?

National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth

Education Rights of Homeless Students (Ohio website)

Resources for Schools and Homeless Students (Ohio Dept. of Education)

Lesson plan for teaching about Homelessness

Lots of teaching resources on homelessness

National Center for Homeless Education


What is Weight Bias?

Bullied because you’re overweight?

Article from obesityaction.org

Bullied for Being Fat–Bullying Overweight Children – from nobullying.com

Dealing With Bullies: Survival Skills, from WebMD

What Is the Connection Between Obesity and Bullying? Discover why obese kids are bullied and why they bully others

Study: Overweight Teens Bullied By Parents (Parenting magazine)

Lessons from America’s Past

Voices of Japanese-American Internees

Unheard Voices: Stories of LGBT History


The Resilience of Anti-Semitism: The Lies of The Protocols of The Elders of Zion

Challenging Anti-Semitism: Debunking the Myths and Responding with Facts

Anti-Semitism Around the World Global 100


Southern Poverty Law Center, Teaching Tolerance

Agape-Satyagraha: Leadership Training for Youth


Is the “safe space” a good idea?

Safe Space Ally Development Network at Wright State

What is a Safe Space?

GLSEN Safe Space Kit: Be an ALLY to LGBTQ Youth!

Safe Space training, from Georgia Tech

Why the ‘safe space’ movement is a liberal assault on freedom (from TheWeek)

Safe Space vs Free Speech? (from Harvard)

Safe schools resources (from Minnesota, many links)