"We Saw It, We Smelled It, It Really Happened, and It Was Horrible"

by  12th Armored Division Memorial Museum

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Officially recognized as liberators of the Hurlach 4 Sub-camp of Dachau, the 12th Armored Division's soldiers provide eyewitness testimony about the Holocaust and how it affected them both immediately and later in life. Students will learn how xenophobia, eugenics, and Antisemitism in Germany were codified as the Nuremberg Laws and allowed the dehumanization of over half of Europe's people. Also covered is the capture and trial of Johann Baptist Eichlesdorfer, Commandant of Hurlach 4, which includes a survivor’s testimony of conditions within the camp. Letters, pictures, artifacts and oral histories are presented so that students will understand the severity of the conditions within Hurlach 4.

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By Request: $80.00
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40-50 minutes 9th - 12th grade

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Adult Learners

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Primary Disciplines

Character Education, Gifted & Talented, International, Language Arts/English, Literacy, Problem Solving, Reading, Social Studies/History, Writing

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Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
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12th Armored Division Memorial Museum

Abilene, TX
United States

We are a unique teaching museum that provides a look at the men who served in the 12th Armored Division. The museum houses artifacts and other primary resources pertaining to WWII. The collection also includes artifacts from German/Japan forces, concentration camps, and POW's.

Mikayla Spivey

Program Details


1. Introduction to Instructor, Museum, and Abilene, Texas
2. Historical Perspective: Europe of the 1930s, and the number of languages and cultures co-existing within an hour's drive of each other.
3. Students learn about the evolution of Nazi ideology- and how they used propaganda to promote it. Also how this led to Antisemitism, xenophobia, and the Nazi belief in Eugenics being codified as the Nuremberg Laws in 1935.
4. Students will learn about the capture of the Commandant of Hurlach 4 and see his captured uniform jacket.
5. Pictures and transcripts from War Crimes Trial of the Commandant will be used to show the brutal living conditions in camp
6. Students will watch a videotaped Oral History from one of the of 12th Armored men recorded 70 years after the liberation of the camp.
7. The Museum’s Curator will discuss his family’s experience of fleeing to America during the Holocaust, as well as his personal account as a witness to the 1990s genocide in Kosovo.


Students will learn the cause and effects of the Holocaust in Europe.
Students will learn from primary sources the reality of the Holocaust.
Students will engage in discussion with eye witness of modern genocide.

Standards Alignment

National Standards


State Standards

TEKS 113.41:7 History. The student understands the domestic and international impact of U.S. participation in World War II
TEKS 113.42:12 History. The student understands the causes and impact of World War II