This is a history project but because we want our students ultimately to teach each other, we started with an introductory video conference during which students asked each other questions and learned a little about one another. Students will then choose a biography from the Centropa website to read and study, as an example of what life was like for someone in a Central or Eastern European country during WWII.
In this lesson written and tested by Anna Janina Kloza from Bialystok, the class participants learn about the situation of people in the Warsaw and Cracow Ghetto with a particular emphasis on the figures of Janusz Korczak and Teofila Silberring.
This is a one-class lesson on the Kindertransport. Following a group viewing of the Lilli Tauber film, students were self-directed by a PowerPoint presentation to explore the politics behind the Kindertransport. Students also viewed first hand accounts from the website “Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport.”
Here is the lesson plan: The Kindertransports
The interactive film scripts combine the scripts of the Centropa Films with the links metioned in the Study Guides, thus marking various historical, cultural and geographical references.
You can use the film scripts in your class in order to understand the film better and help students to dig deeper in the (personal) stories by exploring history.
The film scripts are available in English and German and can be downloaded as PDF documents.
In this lesson, students will learn about early Zionism and Jewish life in Austria in the first part of the 20th Century. Students will engage themselves with materials on the Nuremberg Laws, the Anchluss, Kristallnacht (November Pogrom), and the American response to Jewish immigration from Europe in the 1930s.
Using the film, “A Suitcase Full of Memories,” this lesson plan helps students explore the topic of the Kindertransport and the impact of the Holocaust on children who survived and who chose to remain in (or return to) Europe, postwar. Also, a brief look at life before the Holocaust is surveyed as part of the larger picture of European Jewish life during this period.