Students will learn the history of antisemitism and how it was transformed into Nazi racial antisemitism through the years.
Watch a short video with testimony about the reality of liberation and life after the war in Displaced Person (DP) camps. Students will engage with the content by exploring a variety of questions about the post-war situation for Holocaust victims.
The period immediately following the war was often one of the most difficult for Jewish survivors.
Explain to the students that the end of the war left millions of people homeless; that liberation was difficult for many survivors because of the mental and physical problems that they had to overcome.
Lead a short discussion asking the students what they think Holocaust survivors felt, and some of the problems that they had when they learned the war was over. Take time to list individual answers.
Watch this short video by Yad Vashem with the class, with a short pause between each survivor. Ask students to list different problems and feelings that survivors discuss in their testimonies.
Lead another short discussion, asking the students if there were any problems that survivors faced that they had not thought about before, writing the answers on the board. Ask the students if there is any story/feeling in particular that stuck out to them in these survivor stories.
Discuss the following questions as a class:
This lessons meets the following Academic Standards required by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
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