Holocaust Survivors: The Truth Revealed By: Kelsey Andrews
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ArbeitMachtFrei ArbeitMachtFrei, meaning “work brings freedom” or “work shall set you free,” was a famous phrase that hung above one of many of the work camps (mainly known as concentration camps) This Welcome sign lingered over the gates that millions of Jewish prisoners entered, only to invite them into what would soon be their burial ground.
Facts of the Holocaust… In case you did not know, here are a few statistics that resulted from the Holocaust in Europe in World War II:
The world “Holocaust” originated from the Greek word “holokauston,” meaning “sacrifice by fire.” This was the planned method of persecution by the Nazis intended for the Jewish
However, Jewish citizens were not the only ones targeted. Other victims include gypsies, homosexuals, Jehovah’s witnesses, and the disabled.
Continued… Numbers and Statistics:
Before watching the following video keep in mind…
** Approximately 11 million people were killed, 6 million of these being Jewish ** The Nazis killed an estimated 2/3 of the Jewish population in Europe ** About 1.1 million children were murdered
The Truth Inside the Holocaust http://teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=95247&title=Holocaust_Movie
Auschwitz Birkenau One of the most famous concentration camps, Auschwitz Birkenau was located in Germany-occupied Poland from 1940-1945 The first prisoners arrived in Auschwitz on June 14, 1940 Here is an aerial view of the camp after it closed on January 27, 1945 when the Soviet Union liberated the site: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/auschwitzscrapbook/Tour/Auschwitz1/Auschwitz02.html
Discussion- What Did You Think? What were your thoughts and perceptions about the Holocaust before the movie? After? What piece of information/image in the film was the most empowering? How do you think this tragedy affected future generations of; Jewish citizens, disabled, Germans, Americans, etc.?
Homework For tonight, read Chapter 4, Goals 4.1-4.3 and respond to the student essay at the end of 4.3. Make sure to look over the Key Concepts at the end of each section for the quiz Friday By October 15, please compose a 2 page paper outlining the effects of the Holocaust on either: the Nazis, the Jewish population, or the American view upon the genocide. What remembrances have been created today in order to recognize the tragedies that happened during WWII?