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Survivor Stories of the Holocaust

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What was it like to be a Jew in Europe prior to World War II? How was your life different from non-Jews? What did you know about the regime in Nazi Germany and what happened to you as a result of its rule? What was it like to be sent away from your parents on the Kindertransport or to stay in your home country and be taken away to a concentration camp? What was life like in the camps? What did it mean to be liberated? For this very special program, take your study of World War II and the Holocaust to individuals who lived through them. Ask these questions and more as you interact with Holocaust survivors.

Our focus in this program will not be exploring the historic details of World War II or the Holocaust, but it will be to provide students the rare and important opportunity to speak directly with those who lived during that time and survived to share their experiences with others. This program will come live from the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center in St. Louis. The program will also include information about resources available through the Center.

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About This Program


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There is NO CHARGE for this program.


60 minutes

Target Audience

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

Minimum participants:

There is no minimum number required for participation.

Maximum participants:

For optimum interactivity, we recommend no more than two classes combined.

Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)

Booking Information

Sorry, this program is not currently available. To inquire about future availability, please contact Educate.Today

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Since there may well be a waiting list for interactive participation, we ask that you let us know of your need to cancel as soon as you know.

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St Louis, MO
United States

Student and educator focused and standards-based, our interactive programs, videos and related curriculum resources authentically link students and the curriculum they study to individuals and organizations who are applying that curriculum in the real world. We offer on-demand interactive programs whose content and time frame are designed to best meet your students’ learning needs.

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Program Details


The videoconference program will consist of the following segments.

1. Welcome and Introduction—Student groups and experts will be introduced and welcomed to the program.

2. Interaction with the Survivors—Students will hear directly from individuals who lived during World War II and suffered during the Holocaust, and have the opportunity to ask each of them questions. Once you have enrolled for the program, we will send you the list of guests joining us for your program. This list will include brief biographical information on each. Please use this information to help your students develop questions for the program.

3. Closing Segment--Including summary of topics discussed and final questions from students.


1. The participant will gain a greater understanding of what it meant to live during the Holocaust.
2. The participant will interact with individuals providing primary source accounts of recent world events.
3. The participant will meet people and hear stories from diverse perspectives.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Featured National Standards (History):

Grades 5-12:
Historical Thinking Standards
2. Historical Comprehension

B. Reconstruct the literal meaning of a historical passage by identifying who was involved, what happened, where it happened, what events led to these developments, and what consequences or outcomes followed.
C. Identify the central question(s) the historical narrative addresses and the purpose, perspective, or point of view from which it has been constructed.
F. Appreciate historical perspectives--(a) describing the past on its own terms, through the eyes and experiences of those who were there, as revealed through their literature, diaries, letters, debates, arts, artifacts, and the like; (b) considering the historical context in which the event unfolded--the values, outlook, options, and contingencies of that time and place; and (c) avoiding “present-mindedness,” judging the past solely in terms of present-day norms and values.

4. Historical Research Capabilities
A. Formulate historical questions from encounters with historical documents, eyewitness accounts, letters, diaries, artifacts, photos, historical sites, art, architecture, and other records from the past.
B. Obtain historical data from a variety of sources, including: library and museum collections, historic sites, historical photos, journals, diaries, eyewitness accounts, newspapers, and the like; documentary films, oral testimony from living witnesses, censuses, tax records, city directories, statistical compilations, and economic indicators.

5. Historical Issues—Analysis and Decision-Making
A. Identify issues and problems in the past and analyze the interests, values, perspectives, and points of view of those involved in the situation.

State Standards

Featured State Standards (Missouri):
Schools from across the country are invited to join in the program. Missouri state standards are provided for Missouri schools since partial funding for this program comes from Missouri organizations.

Show Me Performance Standards:
Goal 1 – 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 9
Goal 2 - 1, 2, 4, 7
Goal 3 - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Goal 4 - 1, 5, 6

Social Studies Knowledge Standards - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Communication Knowledge Standards - 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7