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Camps System

Intended for use in undergraduate classrooms, this primary source supplement looks at the Nazi camps system through documents found in the International Tracing Service archive. The guide contains information on how to use the archive to research the camp system, questions for analysis and discussion, and related research topics.

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Three Minutes in Poland

Students view archival film footage documenting Jewish life in a small town in Poland before the German invasion in September 1939. They then explore how the community changed during the Nazi occupation.

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Using Survivor Testimony

As you teach about key historical topics, incorporating survivor testimony personalizes the history, emphasizes its impact on individuals, and highlights the diversity of individual experiences. This lesson includes survivor testimonies from the Museum’s collection that help illustrate and personalize the lessons of the Holocaust.

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Virtual Field Trip

In this lesson, students examine how the Museum uses artifacts and photographs from its collections to present the history of the Holocaust and memorialize its victims—including artifacts and photographs that illustrate important aspects of Holocaust history. This lesson is intended for use with the virtual field trip The Holocaust: History and Memory.

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Women Under Nazi Persecution

Intended for use in undergraduate classrooms, this primary source supplement examines the roles of women under Nazi persecution through documents and photographs found in the International Tracing Service archive. The guide contains an overview essay authored by an expert in the field, information on how to use the archive to research the camp system, questions for analysis and discussion, prompts for further research, and suggestions for further reading on related research topics.

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