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Suggested Activities Using The People Next Door

1. Make a timeline of the sequence of events that led to the Holocaust.

2. Write a poem, story or a play, or create a picture, collage, photographic essay or sculpture based on one of the experiences you heard about in the video. Enact the play and/or display the work of art in a public space.

3. Write a diary from the point of view of a young Jewish person in Europe who was caught up in these events.

4. Write a letter to a relative in the United States as if you were a young Jewish person living in Nazi Europe prior to being taken to a concentration camp.

5. In small groups, create a plan for survival as if you were a group of Jewish partisans living in the forests of Poland hiding from the Nazis. How will you obtain food and shelter and avoid the Nazis?

6. In 1935, the Nazis passed the Nuremberg Laws which took away the citizenship of Jews born in Germany. This created a situation of official segregation of German Jews. Imagine that a similar law was passed today that affected your family. Write a diary or create a play which portrays life under a similar law in the United States today.

7. Interview someone, such as a survivor or a liberating soldier, who was involved in the events of the Holocaust, or a child of a Holocaust survivor. Ask your relatives if they were aware of the Holocaust, when they learned about it and how they felt when they learned of it.

8. Research one of the following topics connected to the Holocaust:
a) Anti-Semitism  b) Concentration camps  c) Adolph Hitler  d) The Wannsee Conference (the conference where the Nazis planned the genocide of European Jews  e) “The Final Solution” the Nazi term for the destruction of the Jews  f) The Warsaw Ghetto uprising  g) the S.S. and the Gestapo  h) The Nuremberg Laws of 1935  i) Kristallnacht, the Nazi organized riots against German Jews in 1938  j) Jewish resistance to the Nazis  k) Righteous Gentiles (non-Jews who risked their lives trying to save Jews).

9. Search the Internet for information on the topics listed above and other items related to the Holocaust. You could begin with the website for the US. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

10. Check out the other videos on YouTube for additional footage of the survivors and liberators interviewed for “The People Next Door.”

11. Research newspapers and magazines from the late 1930s to 1945; print out articles, write a report; create a collage of pictures from the period.

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