Resources for Educators

Magda Brown was a Holocaust survivor on a mission to share her story with as many people as possible. We are devastated to share that Magda passed away July 7, 2020 at the age of 93.

We have put together the following resources for educators who are teaching the Holocaust.

Additionally, Magda’s daughter, Rochelle, has begun speaking to share Magda’s story. To get in touch about having her speak to your class, please email magdabrownsdaughter [at] Please also feel free to contact us if your students have questions.

Timeline of Magda’s life

The timeline has been created with educators in mind. By breaking down the series of events, it helps students and teachers follow Magda’s journey through history. Teachers have told us they find it helpful to focus on and discuss each chapter separately to provide for deeper analysis.

Video series of Magda’s testimony

This YouTube playlist breaks down Magda’s full testimony into short chapters.

Video of Magda speaking

Watch this video of Magda speaking at Aurora University.

PDF of Magda’s Story

Download this handout, which provides an overview of Magda’s life story.

Interviews with Students

Magda Brown frequently spoke with students of all ages who were conducting interviews and research for school projects. Here is an example — an interview between Cedric, an eighth grade student from Wisconsin, and Magda.

Additional Resources

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center – Skokie, IL

Action Reconciliation Service for Peace – Philadelphia, PA

Institute for Holocaust Education – Omaha, NE

CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center – Terre Haute, IN

Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh, PA

Stadtallendorf Documentation and Information Center – Allendorf, Germany

Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora Memorials Foundation – Weimar, Germany

Lest We Forget, a project by photographer Luigi Toscano

DIE ZEUGEN, a permanent exhibition in Weimar, Germany by photographer Thomas Müller

Yad Vashem – The World Holocaust Remembrance Center – Jerusalem, Israel

USC Shoah Foundation – Los Angeles, CA

World Outside My Shoes