History Through Literature – The Holocaust


FREE UNIT PLAN DOWNLOAD FOR TEACHERS – History Through Literature – The Holocaust

The attached Unit Plan on the Holocaust explores the tragic event through the use of the following texts:

  1. Video Clip – Helga’s Diary: The Holocaust Through The Eyes Of…
  2. Article – Holocaust At A Glance – National WWII Museum (U.S.A.)
  3. Poem – ‘First They Came’ by Martin Niemöller
  4. Posters/Cartoons – Nazi Propaganda Posters
  5. Film – ‘The Book Thief’
  6. Diary Entries – Excerpts from ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’
  7. Statistics – Documenting Numbers of Victims of the Holocaust
  8. News Article – ‘Escape Tunnel, Dug by Hand, Is Found . . .’
  9. Poem – ‘The Burning of the Books’ by Bertolt Brecht
  10. Poem – ‘Shema’ by Primo Levi
  11. Timeline – Anne Frank Interactive Timeline

Further Reading (Exploring the Holocaust Through Literature)

  1. Maus – Art Spiegelman
  2. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne
  3. Night – Elie Wiesel
  4. The Zookeeper’s Wife – Diane Ackerman
  5. A Scrap of Time – Ida Fink
  6. The Reader – Bernhard Schlink
  7. Auschwitz and After – Charlotte Delbo
  8. Why? Explaining the Holocaust – Peter Hayes

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