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The following collection is full of resources that a Secondary level teacher use for lessons on the Holocaust. I took the perspective of a librarian assisting a Social Studies/History teacher by pulling together a set of resources to round out her lesson plans.

Annotated Bibliography Holocaust. The Holocaust: A Collection of Teaching Resources. Holocaust Teacher Resource Center. You are about to embark on the study of a period of recent history, called the Holocaust.

Holocaust Teacher Resource Center

The greatest part of the Holocaust occurred in the midst of World War II, but it was not a true part of the war effort itself. A war opposes two enemy armies, the Holocaust was an attack by a powerful nation against defenseless civilians, simply because these civilians belonged to a particular ethnic population. Two factors played a major role in allowing the Holocaust to happen. First and foremost was the culmination of centuries of old prejudices, resurrected and magnified by Hitler and his followers. The second factor included modern bureaucracy and the advanced industrial technology needed to carry out genocidal mass murder in the most effective way. The Holocaust - World War II. Beginning in late 1941, the Germans began mass transports from the ghettoes in Poland to the concentration camps, starting with those people viewed as the least useful: the sick, old and weak and the very young.

The Holocaust - World War II

The first mass gassings began at the camp of Belzec, near Lublin, on March 17, 1942. Five more mass killing centers were built at camps in occupied Poland, including Chelmno, Sobibor, Treblinka, Majdanek and the largest of all, Auschwitz-Birkenau. From 1942 to 1945, Jews were deported to the camps from all over Europe, including German-controlled territory as well as those countries allied with Germany.

The heaviest deportations took place during the summer and fall of 1942, when more than 300,000 people were deported from the Warsaw ghetto alone. Though the Nazis tried to keep operation of camps secret, the scale of the killing made this virtually impossible. Holocaust Survivor Helen Handler. A small, older woman sits across from me.

Holocaust Survivor Helen Handler

Her wispy blond hair moves with the breeze. She speaks with a Hungarian accent and her mocha-brown eyes intently look into mine as she speaks. How old were you when you began to feel the effects of the war? I was about ten years old. Where did you live then? Children in the Ghetto. Photograph Activitiy. Looking at the events of the Holocaust through the theme of collaboration and complicity provides educators with a unique understanding of why and how the Holocaust occurred.

Photograph Activitiy

This photo activity has students examine photographs from the Holocaust which may or may not be familiar to them. By examining the photographs, first without a caption and then with a caption, students see the behaviors of ordinary individuals and think about the pressures and motives that might have shaped the behaviors. Holocaust Poetry and Art. By David Graham 1995 Europe's Young stir peacefully in sleep.

Holocaust Poetry and Art

After praying to God for their souls to keep. So tired after a sunny day of playing. Now tucked to bed warm, after on knees, praying. What a horrible thing - to awaken the next day. Music. Listen - TEREZIN MUSIC FOUNDATION. Fortunoff Edited Testimonies on Youtube. Skip to main content Fortunoff Edited Testimonies on Youtube Parallel Paths (HVT- 8064) As seen through the eyes of survivors, witnesses, and rescuers who had experiences similar to Anne Frank's, this program takes the viewer beyond the hiding place and the Diary.

Fortunoff Edited Testimonies on Youtube

The testimony excerpts follow the path of the Frank family: their move from Germany to Holland; the German invasion; going... Remember.org. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Bennett, C. (2001). Anne Frank and me. New York, NY: Putnams. Boyne, J. (2008). The boy in the striped pajamas. New York, NY: Oxford.

Frank, A. (1993). Anne Frank: A diary of a young girl. New York, NY: Bantam Books. Watts, I. (1998). Goodbye Marianne. Plattsburgh, NY: Tundra Books. Wiesel, E. (2006). Night. New York, NY: Hill and Wang. Vaughan, M., & Mazellan, R. (2011). Irena's jar of secrets. New York, NY: Lee & Row Books. Rubin, S. G., & Farnsworth, B. (2011). Irena Sendler and the children of the Warsaw Ghetto. New York: Holiday House. Robbins, T. Timmons, A., & Oh, M. (2011). Lily Renee, escape artist: From Holocaust survivor to comic book pioneer. Minneapolis, MN: Graphic Universe. Spiegelman, A. (1986). Maus: A survivor's tale: My father bleeds history. New York, NY: Pantheon.