M u s e u m  C r e a t e d  L e s s o n

Lesson 1: Leaving Europe

VanHolEdu Add to My Content  Add this lesson to My Content  
Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia

LESSON 1: LEAVING EUROPE
Students learn about the Nazis’ prewar policies of persecution and consider what eyewitness accounts reveal about the Nazi state.
View the Learning Object

IMPLEMENTATION INFORMATION

TIME REQUIRED

Teachers should budget 20 - 50 minutes for each activity in the “Enemy Aliens” lesson guide, depending on available class time. Activities typically require 10-15 minutes of background reading or viewing, followed by a 10-40 minute reflective activity.

TEACHER PREPARATION

Make copies of “Readings: The Life That Was” and “Nazism in Germany & Austria”. Distribute the readings to students at the beginning of the lesson, or assign as homework. If incorporating the Supplemental Reading, distribute and assign as homework.

Reproduce copies of “Dossier: The Life That Was” and “Video Transcript: Nazism in Germany & Austria” and distribute to students in groups of four or five. Alternatively, distribute in digital form.

For the extension activity reproduce “Reading: Nuremberg Race Laws” and “Document: Nuremberg Race Chart”, and distribute to students after the lesson as a homework assignment. Alternatively, distribute in digital form.
PAIR DISCUSSION: PRE-WAR PHOTOGRAPHS
Vancouver Holocaust Educations Centre
© 2012, Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre. All Rights Reserved.
View the complete media file

CLASS DISCUSSION: THINKING ABOUT TESTIMONY
Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre
© 2012, Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre. All Rights Reserved.
View the complete media file

VIDEO SCREENING: THE RISE OF NAZISM
Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre
© 2012, Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre. All Rights Reserved.
View the complete media file

WRITTEN REFLECTION: CANADA’S CLOSED DOORS
Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre
© 2012, Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre. All Rights Reserved.
View the complete media file


Learning Objectives

Use Primary Source Evidence

Students respond to the prewar photographs of former internees and consider what they reveal about prewar Jewish life in Germany and Austria. Students also respond to former internees’ testimony about the rise of Nazism and consider what these accounts reveal about changes to Jewish life during this time.

Establish Historical Significance

Students respond to the testimonies of former internees and consider the changes that the internees discuss during these recollections. What do these experiences reveal about the early stages of the Holocaust?

Analyze Cause & Consequence

Students consider how the Nazis’ early persecution of Jews contributed to the Holocaust. How did these policies contribute to the former internees’ decisions to flee Nazi Germany and Austria?

Analyze Continuity & Change

Students learn about how the rise of Nazism affected the Jewish communities in Germany and Austria.

Take Historical Perspective

Students consider the perspective of an individual trying to flee Nazism.