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Remembering the Holocaust

on March 15, 2014

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This term we will work in groups for three subjects: Social Studies, Ethics and English to learn about the World War II and remember the holocaust. You will create interesting projects related to literature, art and history.

SECOND WORLD WAR

To understand the holocaust, first we have to learn about the Second World War. Visit these interactive websites and answer the questions. Click on THE SECOND WORLD WAR AND THE HOLOCAUST to download the worksheet to complete the activities.

Activity 1: Learn about the Second World War going through this interactive timeline.

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Complete the following questions:

  1. What was the Munich Agreement?
  2. When was this agreement broken?
  3. Who announced to the British people the war against Germany?
  4. Why did Britain introduced rationing?
  5. What was the longest military battle of the Second World War?
  6. When did italy declare war on Germany?
  7. What is known as D-Day?
  8. How did Hitler and Mussolini die?
  9. What is known as the VE-Day?
  10. What is known as the VJ-Day?

Activity 2: Visit this interactive World War II map. Listen to the interactive map and give and explanation of the colours of the countries: blue, brown and orange.

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Activity 2: Inside World War II

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Mention three important events for each of these continents:

  1. North America
  2. Europe and Africa
  3. Asia

Activity 3: First, learn about the holocaust visiting this interactive website.

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Answer these questions:

  1. Give a definition for the term Holocaust?
  2. What is the original meaning of the word “holocaust”?
  3. What groups were exterminated by the Nazis?

CROSS-CURRICULAR PROJECT

In groups, you will create a video (up to five minutes) with interactive activities to show your classmates the holocaust in English. Every group will work on one of the following topics:

  1. History of the Holocaust and Second World War: photographs, news and speeches of historical events and main leaders.
  2. Propaganda of the Holocaust and Second World War: Nazi mass communication as well as British and American propaganda during the Second World War.
  3. Art of the Holocaust: paintings, photography and sculptures.
  4. Memorials to the Holocaust: monuments and structures built to remember the victims of the holocaust.
  5. Literature of the Holocaust: poems, excerpts and quotes from books.
  6. Films on the Holocaust: film posters and sinopsis of films and short films.
  7. Personal stories of the Holocaust: first-hand stories told by victims of the holocaust.

Every member of the group will create an interactive activity using the tools on the website learningapps.org

You don’t have to register on this website. Just click HERE or on the image below to log in our class:

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The app that your have to create to integrate all the different interactive activities and the video you have created is called Video with notices.

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For the interactive activity each student has to create you can use a great variety of activities. You have to make this activities before creating the video with notices.

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1. History of the Holocaust and Second World War

Your task: You will create a video with a collection of photos, news and speeches of historical events and main leaders shaping our world today. Try to explain how the Holocaust changed people, places, laws…and what it consisted on. You may show the before and after image of some cities and people in the different countries involved in the Second World War. You should also show the evidences of the Holocaust, the first laws against Jews, the ghettos, Jews in exile and extermination camps and survivors. Use caption lines to give some information about each image.

Resources:

  1. Jewish Virtual Library
  2. Holocaust survivors
  3. Hitler’s personal photographer
  4. Photos of the Holocaust
  5. Apocalypse the Second World War
  6. Photographs before WWII
  7. Berlin before WWII
  8. The US Memorial Museum
  9. Photographs in colour of the WWII
  10. Before and after D-Day
  11. Image Gallery
  12. Prelude to genocide
  13. The ghosts of WWII
  14. Then and now D-Day
  15. Aerial photos
  16. Collection of Yad Vashem
  17. Photos of the Second World War
  18. Photo Gallery
  19. Image Bank WWII
  20. Primary sources of WWII
  21. Primary sources
  22. War War Two

2. Propaganda of the Holocaust

Your task: You will create a presentation and an exhibition showing posters, news and advertisement of the Nazi and anti-semitic propaganda. You will also include images of the Second World War posters created in Britain and North America.

Resources: 

  1. German propaganda
  2. Propaganda
  3. Propaganda in the World War II
  4. WWII Propaganda

3. Art of the Holocaust

You will learn in class a brief history of painting during the first half of the twentieth century in order to understand better how art was during these years of war and terror.

Your task: You will create an art exhibition to show the evolution of art from Impressionism to Abstract Expressionism, focusing on the Holocaust. It is really important that you explain the main characteristics of each art movement and how they changed to reflect how people lived and felt. Include for every work of art shown a caption line giving some basic information and explaining its meaning.

Resources:

  1. Short view of Art
  2. The Art of the Twentieth Century
  3. 20th Century Art
  4. Early Twentieth Century Art
  5. Modern painters
  6. Art Movements
  7. Die Brücke Museum
  8. Der Blaue Reiter Museum
  9. Art Gallery
  10. Art of the holocaust
  11. Gideon’s Art Collection

4. Memorials to the Holocaust

Your task: You will create a presentation and an exhibition showing monuments and structures built to remember the victims of the holocaust.

Resources:

  1. Memorials
  2. Cultural memory in Germany
  3. http://www.chgs.umn.edu/museum/memorials/
  4. The rise of genocide memorials
  5. http://www.stiftung-denkmal.de/en/home.html
  6. The new “Topography of Terror” Documentation Centre
  7. Jewish Museum in Berlin
  8. Berlin Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
  9. Center for Holocaust
  10. Book burning Memorial
  11. Sites of Remembrance
  12. The missing Haus
  13. Stolpersteine English version

5. Literature of the Holocaust

Your task: You will create a presentation and an exhibition with poems, excerpts and quotes from books to create an exhibition about the literature of the holocaust.

Resources: 

  1. Literature
  2. Holocaust Literature
  3. The Diary of Anne Frank
  4. Excerpts of the Diary of Anne Frank
  5. Quotes about Holocaust

6. Films on the Holocaust

Your task: You will create a presentation and an exhibition with film posters, trailers and sinopsis of films and short films on the holocaust.

Resources: 

  1. Films of the holocaust
  2. List of films in Wikipedia
  3. Holocaust Memorial Museum
  4. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  5. Cracovia, realidad y ficción

7. Personal stories of the Holocaust

Your task: You will create a presentation and an exhibition showing the first-hand stories told by victims of the holocaust. Include photos, videos and transcripts of interviews and stories of survivors and their families. We highly recommend the following films:

  1. The Counterfeiters  (Die Fälscher )2007. Stefan Ruzowitzky
  2. The Reader 2008,  Stephen Daldry
  3. Sophie Scholl – The Final Days(Sophie Scholl – Die letzten Tage) 2005 . Marc Rothemund
  4. Downfall (Der Untergang) 2004.  Oliver Hirschbiegel
  5. The Pianist. 2002. R. Polanski
  6. Amen. 2002  Costa-Gavras
  7. Life Is Beautiful (La vita è bella) 1997 Roberto Benigni
  8. Schindler’s List. 1993, Spielberg.
  9. Europa Europa . 1990Agnieszka Holland
  10. To be or not to be. 1942. E. Lubisch

Resources:

  1. Heroes and heroines
  2. World War II roleplay
  3. WW2 People’s War BBC
  4. Imperial War Museum Resources
  5. Telling stories
  6. Survivors
  7. Testimonies

Deadline: Monday 27th May, presentation in class (20 minutes for each group) in the English, Social Studies an Ethics classses.

OTHER GENERAL RESOURCES

  1. A Teachers’s Guide to the Holocaust
  2. Other educational resources

MUSIC

  1. Holocaust music
  2. Anita Lasker-Wallfisch – surviving Auschwitz, she was saved by her ability to play the cello, gaining her a place in the camp’s orchestra.
  3. The Pianist soundtrack

EVALUATION CRITERIA

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YOUR BEST PROJECTS

School year 2012-2013

This is the website created by Belén, Alba Aragón and María del Mar about Personal Stories of the Holocaust:

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This is the prezi created by Jose Antonio Moriche’s group:

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School year 2013-14

Congratulations to all! This year your projects were even better than last year!!!!

Here is the amazing presentation created by Angie, David and Laura Aguilar about Art and the Holocaust:

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This is the projects designed by Aarón, Almudena, Alejandro, and Sergio about Personal Stories of the Holocaust:

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Here is the prezi created by Paloma’s group:

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Sara, Mireya, Laura and Inma created the following prezi about the Literature of the Holocaust:

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