LIFE IN HIDING
Students will be able to…
- Examine the significant hardships endured by the survivors in hiding
- Understand the long-term effects of hiding on the survivors
- Demonstrate an understanding of the different aspects of hiding that have shaped survivors
- Collect, analyze, and report on data gathered from Holocaust survivor testimony
Before viewing the testimony, have students brainstorm the question: What aspects of life in hiding would you find most difficult? Based on the brainstorming, extract four aspects. Examples of aspects could include: separation from family, denial of heritage, isolation, not knowing. Write the terms on paper and distribute around the classroom. Have students move to the group that best represents their answer to the brainstorming question.
Alternately, this could be a guided activity using Graffiti. The teacher provides four topics on large paper around the room. Students brainstorm, record their ideas on the paper, and then view testimony for examples.
BRAINSTORMING: LIFE IN HIDING
You may work individually and then share your brainstorming on the question: What aspects of life in hiding would you find most difficult?
For viewing the testimony, you can pair up or work individually. While you view the recommended testimony, listen for and record examples of one of the aspects of hiding on the Activity Sheet: Web Diagram. After viewing the testimony and recording your findings, share your web diagrams, with examples from the testimony.
GROUP DISCUSSION: RESPONDING TO TESTIMONY
Ask individuals from each group to present their description to the class. The representatives from each group will present varying perspectives and viewpoints. While listening to the other groups, students can record the descriptions in a note-taking sheet.
Following a class discussion on the unique experience of each survivor, return the class to the central question, “What aspects of life in hiding would you find most difficult?”
EXTENSION: CREATIVE RESPONSE
Using images or transcript from testimony clips, write a poem or create a collage that expresses what you think would be the hardest aspect of life in hiding during the Holocaust.