The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising – Interactive Learning Environment


On April 19, 1943, the first large-scale urban uprising in Nazi occupied Europe broke out.  The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, which began on the eve of Passover, has become a symbol of Jewish heroism and resistance. What were the defining events of the uprising and who were its leaders?  In this lesson, learners will view an introductory video of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, and study an  interactive map illustrating the events and locations of the uprising, as well as an interactive timeline. The map includes discussion questions based on archival footage and fighter testimonies. Students will learn about the battle tactics and limitations the fighters faced, their contact with the Polish underground, and discuss the importance of remembering the Uprising.

The learner will:

  1. Understand why the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising has become the symbol of Jewish defiance and resistance during the Holocaust

  2. know the central events of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, the locale of the Jewish resistance and the key leaders and Jewish organizations which led the revolt

be able to explain why they think it is important to remember the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising today

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:

  1. An introductory historical video

  2. A collection of primary sources, such as photographs and fighters’ testimonies 

  3. Texts that embed the primary sources into a wider context

  4. 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)

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