The Arizona Department of Education

The Arizona Department of Education provides resources, training, and support for educators who instruct students in the history of the Holocaust and other genocides. Arizona House Bill 2241, known as the Holocaust Education Bill, requires that all Arizona public schools teach about the Holocaust and other genocides at least twice between 7th and 12th grades.

Book Requests

A limited pool of money has been allocated by Phoenix Holocaust Association to provide books on the Holocaust and other genocides to teachers and students. Please complete this form and indicate if you are seeking resource books for your background knowledge or classroom sets of books. You will be
notified by email if your request can be fulfilled.

Resilience: Reflections of Arizona Holocaust Survivors

Phoenix Holocaust Association in partnership with Arizona Jewish Historical Society present a video for high school students in 2020 a task force was formed, bringing together educators, professors, survivors, and other community members to create a toolkit for educators to support them in responsible, high quality Holocaust education. 


The Eleventh Commandment:
A Jewish Childhood in Nazi-Occupied France
by Rabbi Leo Michel Abrami

The Risk of Sorrow:
Conversations with Holocaust Survivor, Helen Handler
by Valerie Foster, Helen Handler

Surviving Hard Times, Survival and Numerous Other Books
by Magda Herzberger

A Boy’s Story A Man’s Memory: Surviving the Holocaust 1933-1945 
by Oskar Knoblauch

From Miracle to Miracle: A Story of Survival 
by Alicia Fleissig Magal

From Servitude to Freedom 
by Abraham Meth

In the Ghetto and in the Forest 
by Kalman Minushkin

Looking Up: A Memoir of Sisters, Survivors and Skokie 
by Linda Pressman

To See You Again:
A True Story of Love and War
by Betty Schimmel

Be A Mensch:
Holocaust Memoirs
by Alexander B. White

A Holocaust Memoir of Love and Resilience: Mama’s Story from Lithuania to America 
by Ettie Zilber

The Birds Sang Eulogies:
A Memoir
by Mirla Geclewicz Raz

Living among the Dead: My Grandmother’s Holocaust Survival Story of Love and Strength (Holocaust Survivor True Stories WWII Book 
by Adena Bernstein Astrowsky

Escaping the Whale: The Holocaust is over. But is it ever over for the next generation? 
by Ruth Rotkowitz

Lonely Chameleon

By Marion Weinzweig


Silent Conversation by Janice Freibaum

Do not mistake our silence for indifference. 
Do not assume we don’t care because we don’t ask.
Like you, we hold much more than meets the eye or ear.

You were mute to free our spirits. 
You kept secrets to spare us grief. 
Yet we were tethered to your pain and mourned for your losses. 

How could you know your eyes spoke volumes and your silence painted pictures? 
How could you know that not answering our first question would teach us to never ask another? 

No one told you what to do with the weight of ineffable trauma. 
No one told you what to say to the kinder. 

What if you started to speak and never could stop?
What if you never spoke and lost all memory? 
There was no book to show you the way, no light to guide your parenting in your orphan darkness. 

We knew how thin the shells of your sorrow. 
We felt the tank traps before your “no entry” zones.
Nothing separated us in our dance of mutual protection. 

In perfect step we moved:
not-too-close, not-too-much, not-so-soon, please don’t push.

If you think we didn’t care,
we thought you didn’t either.
If you think we didn’t need your burdens,
we thought we wouldn’t trouble you with ours.

Quietly you despaired
that we may never want to know.
We lamented the history – our history –
that you would never let us have.

You thought, we thought.
You assumed, and so did we.
All to keep us safe, all to keep you unhurt.

This is our story, you and us.
This is the dance
of those who suffered, and their children.

This is our story, we continue the dance…
however flawed, however ungraceful,
protecting one another,
inventing the steps in our conversation of love.

If you now have answers
please know we have questions.
Together, we will write the guidebook never written for us.