Students will meet Holocaust survivor Anna Jacobs and her brother Kalman, two teenagers who tried to escape starvation in the Warsaw ghetto. They will learn about the Holocaust through the lens of one family and make connections to their own lives.
There are several pathways through this material. You can choose based on your curriculum goals, time, and available resources (e.g. whether or not art supplies are available). Options include:
- Make portraits of Holocaust survivors, victims and rescuers; then learn and share their stories.
- Conduct interviews of family or community members. Students may make their portraits as well or share their stories in other ways. See FAMILY HISTORY activity.
- View and discuss the award-winning 30-minute film Finding Kalman.
- Read and discuss the book Finding Kalman: A Boy in Six Million.
- You could develop multiple extension activities for the book and film, including having students create their own videos, books or exhibits
You'll find all of these options in the free Curriculum Kit
The Memory Project
Suggested dates to use the program:
- November 9: anniversary of Kristallnacht, the first Nazi-organized pogrom against the Jews of Germany.
- January 27: International Holocaust Remembrance Day and in 2015, the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by Russian troops.
- The month of April: Genocide Awareness Month
- April 7: International Day of Reflection on 1994 Genocide against Tutsi
- April 8-9, 2021: Yom Hashoah, Day of Remembrance of the millions of Jews who were killed by the Nazis and their collaborators between 1933 and 1945. The date changes every year because it’s based on the Hebrew calendar.
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Time: From 45 minutes to multiple class periods
Subjects: History, Language Arts, Art, Media Literacy, Holocaust
Social Emotional Learning (SEL)*: Social awareness, Relationship skills
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Become a Face-to-Face Ambassador! As an Ambassador, you will be part of a global community working together to cultivate creativity, connection, and compassion. To become an Ambassador, all you need to do is hold a Face-to-Face workshop and send in photos of the portraits created by the students along with one or more photos of the workshop itself.