Teaching about Antisemitism
Rescue and Resistance Press Conference Activity
This activity will better acquaint students with the ways in which individuals rescued others, were rescued, or resisted during World War II. Students will divide into groups and research one interviewee in the Museum’s Voices on Antisemitism series. While the rest of the class serves as journalists and reporters at a press conference, each group will present what they have learned about their individual and the work that he or she has carried out. The journalists and reporters will then ask questions.
Khaled Abdul-Wahab, a Tunisian who rescued two dozen Jews during the Holocaust, is the first Arab person to be nominated for the designation of Righteous Among the Nations. Faiza Abdul-Wahab reflects here on her father's life and legacy. Learn more »
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Gerda Klein survived the Holocaust and was liberated by an American soldier who she eventually married. Here, Klein discusses her understanding of hatred and antisemitism today. Learn more »
Johanna Neumann speaks with gratitude and affection of the family who rescued her during the Holocaust. Yet her fondness for them exists alongside some profound contradictions. Learn more »
Soon after September 11, 2001, Robert Satloff moved to Rabat, Morocco, to search for Arab heroes during the Holocaust. Listen to him explain why. Learn more »
In 1940, Tracy Strong left the relative safety of America to help students displaced by the war in Europe to continue their studies. While uncomfortable with the title "hero," Strong's efforts to sustain an educational safe haven ultimately proved life saving for many young Jews. Learn more »
- Divide students into five groups.
- Assign a podcast episode to each group.
- Students will research the person assigned to them, paying close attention to the person’s experiences during the Holocaust.
- Students should consider who the individual discussed is, where he or she grew up, where this person lives now if he or she is still living, what his or her motivation or memory of rescue and resistance is, and what methods this person uses to carry out his or her work, either of rescue and resistance or of educating others.
- After completing their research, students should write a 3-5 minute speech in which they present what they have learned about the person assigned to them.
- While each group presents, the rest of the class should develop questions to ask in their roles as journalists and reporters.
- After each presentation, the audience should be given a chance to ask their questions and the group presenting should use the resources they have collected to best answer each question.
Recommended Research Resources
Flight & Rescue
(Online exhibition in which users trace the journeys of over 2,000 Polish Jewish refugees through photographs, personal articles, and survivor interviews.)
Resistance During the Holocaust
(Educational pamphlet exploring examples of armed and unarmed resistance by Jews and other Holocaust victims.)
Additional Online Resources Related to Rescue and Resistance