A&R’s teaching tools are intended to assist teachers who wish to:

  • Encourage students’ compassion and creativity
  • Open students’ hearts and minds to the experiences of others–particularly those who have experienced injustice
  • Encourage students’ personal resilience and courage

To those ends, we offer teachers materials that use Esther’s Fabric of Survival art and story to teach about the Holocaust and discrimination. We also share lesson plans from our school partners’ classroom projects that were inspired by Fabric of Survival and by our film Through the Eye of the Needle.

The Fabric of Survival Educator Guide and Student Questions provides a guided exploration of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz’ art and story and are intended to help students in grades 6 – 12 to develop a deeper appreciation of tolerance, social justice and peace. These materials can be used with students visiting the Fabric of Survival exhibit or gallery and those reading the book Memories of Survival.

The Through the Eye of the Needle Teacher’s Guide is intended to accompany grade 6 – 12 classroom screenings of the film and assist teachers in stimulating discussions about issues of identity, witnessing, courage and perseverance, art-as-healing and the effects of the Holocaust and other instances of genocide on people who were victims, heroes, perpetrators and bystanders. It was developed by social studies teachers from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School and was used in a number of Montgomery County, Maryland high school classrooms. The guide includes links to online reference materials and a time-line relating events in Esther’s life to major events of the Holocaust and Second World War.

The Hero Project was undertaken by 5th Grade students at Hunter College Elementary School who wrote and illustrated a story about a family member who had displayed hero qualities. Their stories and art are exhibited in the A&R Gallery.

Cloth Stories of Perseverance, about family members who did not give up when faced with adversity, were created by students at Bailey’s Elementary, an urban multi-cultural magnet school. The students produced cloth story pictures to illustrate the often poignant stories they wrote about overcoming hardships.