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Cornerstone Initiative

Through a partnership with the Washington, DC, public school system, the Museum provides an introduction to Holocaust history to thousands of 10th-grade students every year.

About the Initiative

The DC public school system has established a district-wide Cornerstone Assignment that requires all students in World History II to learn about the Holocaust. To complete the assignment, students receive a guided tour of the Museum with their class during the fall and winter and meet with a Holocaust survivor.

While at the Museum, students also learn about the Bringing the Lessons Home program and are invited to apply to participate that spring.

This 2018 DCPS video discusses the program and its impact on students.

What Participants Say

“There is a very personal connection when you are meeting with somebody who survived this, who lived through this dehumanization. It makes it much more relatable.” –DC Public School Teacher