Educational Components


Curriculum Guide: Including a biography of Elie Wiesel, and bibliography, filmography, web links to relevant projects and sites, articles written by and about him, this CG serves as a tool to learning about the life and work of Nobel Laureate, Elie Wiesel. Available free of charge. Download curriculum materials here.

In the Footsteps of Elie Wiesel:  In July 2007, six to ten rising sophomores and juniors from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Co. will travel to four cities that have been pivotal in the life of Elie Wiesel: Sighet, Romania, the town of his birth; Auschwitz, Poland, the Nazi concentration camp; Paris, France, where he took refuge after the war; and Berlin, Germany, to witness the extraordinary example of reparation and healing between Germany and the Jewish people. This initiative offers a cross-cultural experience, strengthens global awareness and expands knowledge. Participants will be named “Young Ambassadors of A Decade Inspired by Elie Wiesel,”will take a leadership role in the project, and will have special time with Prof. Wiesel. Several scholarships are available. Download the application here.   

Art & Photography Contests: To promote creative expression demonstrating how one person can make a difference, Echo offers an Art & Photography contest for middle and high school students. Given a challenge statement that reflects the work of Elie Wiesel, students from across the county are invited to respond using their art or photography in service to social justice. Download entry materials here.

Essay & Poetry Contests in French & English:  Along the lines of the Art & Photography contests, the Essay & Poetry contests seek to inspire students to use the written word to document and share their views on issues of memory and social justice. Because Elie Wiesel writes in French, Echo offers the contest in both French and English. Download entry materials here.

Resource Center:  Contact information for regional Holocaust survivors, rescuers and liberators will be available at The Echo Foundation as a resource to students and teachers wishing to interview them or invite them to participate in a class discussion.

High School Holocaust Museums: Area high school students and faculty will be invited to meet with Holocaust survivors, rescuers and liberators as they study World War II and the Holocaust. As a culmination, students will be challenged to create a Holocaust Museum in their own school. There will be a competition from which winners receive tickets to the public lecture.

Humanity’s Day:  Over 1,000 students from across the county will gather in preparation for their Student Dialogue with Elie Wiesel. Activities designed by and for students will teach about the critical issues of peace, intervention, justice and understanding, student participants explore their own responsibility for humankind here and around the globe. 

Student Dialogue:  As culmination of their in-depth studies of issues relevant to Elie Wiesel, his work and his writing, students bring their carefully considered, informed questions to share with the Nobel Laureate. For 2 hours young people from across the county will engage in a dialogue with this world renowned humanitarian.

Film Festival: In preparation for the visit of Elie Wiesel to Charlotte, the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg Co. will hold a film series with discussion focusing on the issues of justice, peace and human dignity which are pivotal to the work and life of Elie Wiesel. Free and open to the public. Dates to be announced.