World War II and Holocaust Resources
- Grades: 3–5, 6–8, 9–12
World War II began in 1939 with Germany's invasion of Poland. By the time of V-J Day in 1945, the conflict had encompassed the globe and become the most destructive war in history. The total loss of human life is estimated to be 40 to 60 million people around the world. More than six million Jews were killed in the Holocaust alone. Explore the eyewitness interviews, lesson plans, and other resources in this collection to learn more about the causes and effects of World War II and its devastating impact on the Jewish population of Europe.
Read an excerpt from a message board exchange about World War II that was held during Scholastic Network's 1995 special event, Remembering World War II.
See a timeline of significant developments in World War II from the invasion of Poland to the surrender of Japan.
Illustrates the political and economic climate that launched World War II, and traces its impact on the world at large.
Lesson Plans and Activities
The letters which are at the core of the book Dear Miss Breed provide readers with an eyewitness account of the Japanese American incarceration.
Students get an intimate view of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor by reading a witness interview, browsing a timeline, and more.
Learn about WWII through the stories of those who witnessed it. Accounts from Anne Frank and Americans on the home front are included.
Fiction and nonfiction books help younger readers understand the Holocaust.