Lesson Plan

A Child in the Ghetto

Watch a video by Yad Vashem on the ghettos that features diary entries from a child living in the Lodz ghetto.

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The Holocaust

Enduring Understanding

Diary entries and testimonies help people today to understand the horrific conditions people suffered living in the Nazi ghettos.

Essential Question

  • 1What were some of the challenges people faced in the ghettos?


5 Min

Ask the students if any of them have ever read Diary of Anne Frank or Diary of a Wimpy Kid. What sort of things do people write in diaries?


20 Min

Watch the 16 minute video, The Ghettos by Yad Vashem. Take about 5 minutes having students go around and give examples of what sort of challenges people faced. Then ask, how did people try to maintain a sense of dignity or humanity?


15 Min

Ask students to reflect on what they just watched and discussed. How did hearing the testimonies and diary entries help paint a picture of what life was like in the ghettos? Provide 10 minutes for students to write and reflect.

If time permits, have students share their reflections.

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