Sometimes you need an activity that’s easy to use in a single class period. Here are two options.

Finding Kalman, the film. 

The 30-minute award-winning film Finding Kalman portrays four generations of a Holocaust survivor’s family and how the legacy echoes through the generations. Students can stream it here and respond to discussion questions. [Link to film]

 Note:  This film tells about a family trapped in the Warsaw ghetto. There are 45 seconds showing disturbing images of the Warsaw ghetto from 10:50 through 11:28 in the film. These include starving people and two dead bodies without clothing being placed on a hand wagon. We recommend you preview the film to see if it’s appropriate for your students.

 

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Grades: 9-12

Time: From 45 minutes to 90 minutes

Subjects:  History, Language Arts,  Art, Holocaust

 


 

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CINE-Laurel-01CINE Special Jury Award, 2012


Finding Kalman: A Boy in Six Million, the book. 

This 64-page book is appropriate for grades five and up. It was written by Holocaust survivor Anna Jacobs and her daughter, the artist, Roz Jacobs. This dual memoir weaves Anna’s story of escape and survival, the loss of her family, including her brother, Kalman, with Roz’s desire to have a purposeful life.  Kalman’s voice, though silenced, remains vibrant in the lives of both mother and daughter. This mother-daughter dialogue is about growing up and sharing a difficult past with love and optimism.

 

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Grades: 4-12

Time: From 45 minutes to 90 minutes

Subjects:  History, Language Arts,  Art, Holocaust