Unit Plan

Survivors and Liberators

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The end was just the beginning. The period immediately after the end of World War II and the Holocaust is often called "The Return to Life" as survivors looked to reunite and recreate broken families and shattered lives. A two-lesson resource looks at the complexities of the situation, including the desperate conditions of the displaced persons camps. Using video testimony from survivors and primary sources from camp liberators, young scholars consider the chaotic period after World War II.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Show survivor testimony videos and ask pupils to consider the logistical and emotional challenges facing survivors after the war 
  • Connect learning to the contemporary world refugee crisis by asking learners to research current events
Classroom Considerations
  • Unit is eighth in the 11-part Teaching the Holocaust playlist
  • Resource contains two lessons 
  • Resource is complete and ready to use
  • Use of primary source images is powerful and engaging
  • Individual activities and sources are easy to adapt to a variety of lesson plans
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