Though countless places across Europe became the killing fields of European Jewry, the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration, extermination, and forced labor camp has become known as the symbol of the Holocaust and of the murder of Jews. What can we learn from the testimonies of Auschwitz’s survivors? In this lesson, learners will use an interactive map to interface with video testimonies of survivors from different countries. Students can watch the videos in small groups or as a whole class. The resource includes questions for discussion during and after watching the videos, which are designed to promote reflection and thoughtful processing of the survivor testimonies.
The learner will:
Understand why Auschwitz-Birkenau has become the overarching symbol of the Holocaust
Know the perspectives of the survivors that are featured in this resource
be able to choose one testimony that they find particularly significant and explain why it resonated with them
When you click on the Yad Vashem resource link featured above, you will find a curated learning environment that contains the following educational building blocks for the creation of a lesson plan:
An interactive map featuring video testimonies of Auschwitz-Birkenau survivors from different countries across Europe
Thought provoking questions that will stimulate classroom discussion
Learning Environments are created intentionally to enable educators to create their own educational units on the basis of these materials. This approach also allows for the targeted age group to vary.
Computer, projector, personal computers for each student (optional)