A Day in the Ghetto (suitable for middle school and up)
This session aims at illustrating a mode of Holocaust education that focuses on a relatively small case study rather than trying to encompass the whole picture. Often times, when we run through the different phases of Nazi atrocities, we reach a point when we may use a sentence such as: “and then, they went into the Ghetto”. In this session we address nothing but that; what would it look like on the one day when families had to leave behind them familiar homes and neighborhoods and move into the confines of a Nazi designated area?
Student will be examining the size of the area and the implications for each family, issues of leadership at this point, how the move happens exactly and finally what a day looked like after the move.
The session is constructed from diary entries from various ghettos.