History of Hatred
Students will learn the history of anti-Judaism and its relevance when studying the Holocaust. Open up into a discussion about prejudices in history and how rumors and hatred get carried through generations.
Students will be introduced to the act of name reading as a form of commemoration. They will be taught the importance of shining light on individual victims to preserve their memory.
Name reading is a simple, yet powerful way of commemorating those who lost their lives during the Holocaust. Even reciting a few names can have a profound effect.
One at a time, have students read three names from this list from Yad Vashem. As they go through, have them read out the person’s family name, first name, as well as where they were killed.
Watch this video on Remembrance by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM).
The answer: It would take a single person over 1,538 hours, or 64 days straight.
When else are name readings used? Do they serve the same purpose?
Writing activity: Have students write a letter to a Holocaust survivor. Share the resource, Meet Holocaust Survivors by the USHMM and provide them with the instructions below:
Ask the class, how does reading a survivor’s story commemorate their memory and the memories of those that lost their lives?
This lessons meets the following Academic Standards required by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
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