Teaching Aids for Canadian Jewish research topics

Introductory Resources

Archives and Primary Sources in the Classroom Series (Education Kits)

Graphic teaching aids

Holocaust, Anti-Semitism, and Genocide studies

Introductory Resources

Glossary of terms relating to Jewish holidays and ceremonial art/ Glossaire des termes relatifs aux fêtes juives et œuvres d'art rituel


This illustrated glossary of terms includes many of the Jewish themes mentioned on this website, especially in connection with the artifacts collection. (PDF document, 830K). The glossary ia also available in a bilingual (English French) version (925K).

Using Archives - An Introduction


Using Archives - An Introduction.This PDF document (approx. 2500K) is geared to secondary school students and is designed to introduce the notion of research using primary documents. It draws on materials from the Alex Dworkin Canadian Jewish Archives but can be used to stimulate interest in North American Jewish history in general. It is also available (by request) as a PowerPoint presentation of approximately 8770 K. For more detailed views of the documents in this presentation, download these classroom notes (PDF document, 2000K).

Introducing Archives into the Classroom Series - Education Kits


Primary Sources in the Classroom (PDF, 312KB) - A brief introduction for educators on the benefits of using archival material in the classroom.  Accompanied by a reference list of websites with sample lesson plans as well as archives and museums with digital collections.

Immigration Timeline (PDF, 1.64MB) - Lesson Plan. Chart the history of immigration to Jewish Montreal with your students.  Emphasizes group and class discussion on themes of immigration as a whole.

Picture Postcards from the Past (PDF, 1.12MB) - Lesson Plan. Encourage your students to explore historical perspective.  This lesson plan works well with the Immigration Timeline lesson plan and is complete with digitized archival images for your students' use.

Kinderarchiv Family Trees (PDF, 184KB) - Activity Plan.  A basic introduction to family history and the idea of community for young children.

Telephone Archive Game (PDF, 184KB) - Activity Plan. An activity to accompany the introduction of primary sources as well as concepts such as reliability and authenticity.

Just the Facts - A Primary Source Debate (PDF, 196KB) - Activity Plan.  Emphasizes group and class discussion to encourage students to identify primary sources as well as their significance.

17 letters "For the last time and forever" - Correspondence during the Holocaust leads to an analysis of historical documents from the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre's collection that enable students to enhance their historical thinking in being able to distinguish a complex story from tangible evidence.

Graphic teaching aids

Aberdeen School Strike Graphic Novel

(in English, French and Yiddish)


Little fists for social justice!  In 1913, over two hundred Jewish children attending Aberdeen School on St. Denis street, part of the Protestant School Board, went on strike in protest against an anti-Semitic remark made by a teacher.  Introduce your classroom to this remarkable event in history through, "Kids on Strike - At Montreal's Aberdeen School, 1913", a beautiful graphic novel, written by historians Rod MacLeod and Mary Anne Poutanen with drawings by Derek Broad.  Also available in French and Yiddish.

Holocaust, Anti-Semitism, and Genocide studies

Brief History of Antisemitism in Canada


The reference tool "A brief history of Antisemitism in Canada" provides teachers with an opportunity to learn about historical antisemitism in order to understand its various manifestations in Canada during the Holocaust (1933-1945). A particular emphasis is placed on the Quebec context - including a brief history of the Quebec Jewish community - while examining how antisemitism influenced Canadian governmental policy, media, public discourse, and action regarding the situation of Jews in Europe and in Canada.

Educational activities about the Holocaust for grade 6 students


Hana's Suitcase provides Grade 6 students with opportunities to discover the history of Hana Brady, a girl from Czechoslovakia who was a victim of the Nazis.  Following the footsteps of a young educator looking for information about Hana Brady, students gradually discover some similarities between the young girl and themselves. The project initiates students in studying key facts about the Holocaust from the perspective of the persecution of the Jews and the impact on the lives of the Brady family; it also encourages students to reflect on the consequences of discrimination in the past and in contemporary society.


The Heart from Auschwitz draws attention to an object from the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre, a symbol of spiritual resistance created by a group of Jewish female prisoners at the Auschwitz death camp. Risking their lives despite the prohibitions imposed by the Nazis, these women succeeded in creating a birthday card for one of their friends. This reflective artistic project enables students to draw on a positive element in their study of the Holocaust.

Educational activities for Secondary School students


Draw-me the story... of Jews in the Netherlands during the Holocaust(Secondary 2, History and Citizenship course). Using historical documents as a departure point for inquiry and analysis, students learn about the impact of antisemitism and anti-Jewish measures on the lives of three Montreal Holocaust survivors of Dutch origin. Students then create a graphic novel based on the historical experiences of Jews in the Netherlands during the Holocaust.


Exploring the Evidence:  Holocaust, Cambodian Genocide and Canadian Intervention
(Secondary 5 students, Contemporary World course). Students learn about the history of the Holocaust and the Cambodian genocide and use Stanton's 8 stages of genocide to contextualize a comparative analysis, highlighting the differences and similarities of the two events. Additionally, students also learn about the numerous ways that Canadian citizens intervened and responded to these two events. A central component of this educational tool is to provide students with opportunities to reflect on issues of intervention and the protection of human rights. (Download the PDF for Teacher's Guide, Students Materials, and Appendices or call 514-345-2605 to make a reseravtion of the printed materials).

History of the Holocaust - A Reference Tool


This reference tool (PDF, 31 pages), includes a history of the events of eth Holocaust, a chronology, artefacts from the MHMC collection and a glossary.

The Night of Broken Glass Kristallnacht - Listening guide to the film

This listening guide to the film created by the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre enables students to reflect on the events of November 9-10, 1938 by listening to the testimonies of people who experienced these events in Germany and Austria.

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