Most Borrowed Resources in 2012 from Toronto’s Facing History Library

Posted by J H Slater on January 17, 2013

Have you ever wondered what other educators love about our library? Take a look and see what has been flying off our shelves. If you have a great way of using one of these resources in your classroom, tell us about it!

#1 Pigeon (format: DVD)

Based on a true story, the film opens with a Jewish man waiting nervously for the train to Grenoble, in France's unoccupied zone during World War II.

#2 I'm Still Here (DVD)
Real diaries of young people during the Holocaust : based on the book Salvaged Pages: young writers' diaries of the Holocaust by Alexandra Zapruder.

#3 Armenian Genocide: Crimes against Humanity and Civilization (Book, Class Set, DVD, Resource Kit)

Facing History publications covering the history of the Ottoman Armenians during the 19th century, the genocide and the legacy of the event for both the Armenians and the international movement for human rights. The Resource Kit includes several DVDs, a propaganda poster and map.

#4 Worse than War (DVD)
Based on the book by Daniel Jonah Goldhagen, covering genocide, eliminationism, and the ongoing assault on humanity.

#5 Red Scarf Girl (Book, Class Set)
A personal narrative memoir of the Cultural Revolution by Jiang, Ji-li

#6 The Bear that Wasn't (Book, Class Set)
One day a bear awakens to find himself in the midst of civilization. Interpretations abound in this excellent catalyst for discussion of the individual in society. by Frank Tashlin

#7 Number the Stars (Book, Class Set)
In 1943, during the German occupation of Denmark, ten-year-old Annemarie learns how to be brave and courageous when she helps shelter her Jewish friend from the Nazis. by Lois Lowry

#8 Reporter (DVD)
A feature documentary about the work of Nicholas Kristof, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the New York Times, Reporter reveals how and why reporting is vital to democracy, world awareness, and our capacity to be a force for good.

#9 Challenge of Memory (DVD)
To accompany Elie Wiesel's Night, the six selections in this montage feature Wiesel, Shari T., Edith P., Helen K., Hannah F., and Leon Bass, parallel scenes described in Wiesel's memoir.

#10 A Good Man in Hell (DVD)
An interview with General Romeo Dallaire, the leader of the UN peacekeeping mission in Rwanda before, and during, the genocide, provides viewers with an overview of the genocide, as well as discusses the moral dilemmas.

Honourable Mentions

Nicholas Winton (DVD)
A documentary about the courage, determination and modesty of a young English stock exchange clerk who saved the lives of 669 Jewish children who otherwise almost certainly would have been murdered by Nazis.

Choosing to Participate (Book Class Set)
A FHAO publication, this book intends to be a catalyst for conversation about how we treat each other, how we should live together, and what our choices mean.

A Force More Powerful (DVD)
Covers 20th century's most important and least-known stories through six international events - how non-violent power overcame oppression and authoritarian rule.

The Eye of the Storm (DVD) and A Class Divided (DVD)

In The Eye of the Storm, teacher Jane Elliott divides a third grade class in an all-white Iowa town into those with brown eyes and blue eyes and gives them a daring lesson about discrimination. A Class Divided documents a reunion with teacher Jane Elliott and her third-grade class of 1970. Fifteen years later, her experimental curriculum continues to have a lasting effect on the lives of the students.

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NOTE: Our Library Resources are available to educators who have completed a qualifying workshop or seminar with Facing History. For more information on how you can take part in one, please visit our website.

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