Note: This video contains graphic images of the Holocaust. Please preview before showing to your students.
- International Holocaust Remembrance Day is held each year as a way to remember the killing of 6 million Jews and millions of others during World War II.
- Holocaust survivor Reva Kibort tells the story of when German soldiers came to Warsaw, Poland. She was taken to a concentration camp at age 12; many children her same age were killed as well as her mother and father, cousins and grandparents.
- At a time when extreme right-wing groups, including anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim groups are on the rise, Kibort says, “We have to speak up. Wherever you see injustices at all, you have to speak up.”
- Essential question: Why are memorial events like International Holocaust Remembrance Day held?
- What are some other days of the year in which we memorialize the fallen or honor those who’ve suffered?
- When did you first learn about the Holocaust? From your family? In school? A book or a movie?
- How do you think the Holocaust should be taught?
- Read the quote by Reva Kibort one more time (see #3 above). Can you think of a time when you or someone you knew stood up to injustice? What were the circumstances? How did you feel at the time? How about now?
- What are some ways you can take a stand against intolerance and bigotry?
- Every Thursday night, the PBS NewsHour profiles people and their passions in the series Brief but Spectacular as a way to share original voices the public might otherwise not see. Using the Lesson plan: What’s your “Brief but Spectacular" take? tag #BriefButSpectacular and @NewsHourExtra so we can all see your students' work. Teachers–we’d love it if you participated as well.
- Read this Teachers’ Lounge piece for a teacher’s perspective on remembering the Holocaust.
Visit PBS NewsHour Extra for more education resources designed to help teachers and students identify the who, what, where and why-it-matters of the major national and international news stories. @NewsHourExtra