The Kielce Pogrom
Students will read about the Kielce Pogrom and watch videos on testimonies and the aftermath. This lesson takes your class into a discussion about oppression against Jews and other groups.
Students will watch videos and testimonies to learn about people’s experiences at Auschwitz and other extermination camps.
Although the primary goal of the killing centers was that- to kill- there was still a selection process where a small ratio of people were sentenced to work. The selection process and being separated from one’s family left victims traumatized.
Explain to students that there was a very distinct process that the Nazis developed to optimize the efficiency of arrivals at the camps. Ask students if any of them are aware of what this was like? Have they heard anything about the selection process before?
Watch this video by Yad Vashem to get an overview of the structure and layout of Auschwitz. Then show students video testimonies from Ellis Lewin and Eva Kor by USC Shoah Foundation iWitness.
Ellis Lewin Questions:
Eva Kor Questions:
Survivors often describe their arrival at the killing centers as a chaotic time filled with fear and uncertainty. How did listening to these two testimonies contribute to your understanding of this?
This lessons meets the following Academic Standards required by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
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