What Survivor Testimony and Primary accounts Reveal about Kristallnacht

Kristallnacht: 80 Years Later

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What Survivor Testimony and Primary accounts Reveal about Kristallnacht

This year marks the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass). Although the exact figure is not known, it is estimated that somewhere between 1,500 to 3,000 Jews died as a result of the violence. How did people respond in and after the violence of that night?


Join us as we explore multiple sources to uncover what happened on the night of Kristallnacht 80 years ago and the ways in which individuals, communities, and the world responded to the terror and violence. This afternoon workshop will feature testimony from Holocaust survivor Gerda Frieberg, primary source texts, and scholar videos.


This workshop will be of interest to high school English, Literature, History, and other Social Sciences teachers.


Workshop participants will:  

  • Hear Holocaust survivor Gerda Frieberg share her family’s experience of Kristallnacht and her survival through slave labour and concentration camps
  • Explore primary sources and scholar reflections through hands-on activities and classroom strategies that will bring this critical moment from the history of the Holocaust into the classroom
  • Learn an approach to teaching history that engages students in critical questioning, historical thinking skills, ethical consideration and empathy beyond the history classroom, and into civil society
  • Experience lessons and strategies that engage students in wrestling with the choices people made in a time of crisis and terror, and the consequences of those choices

After this workshop, you will have access through the Facing History library to the primary sources, scholar videos, and lesson plans so that you can bring this case study into your classroom.   

Venue Location: https://goo.gl/maps/83JxRN9KNqw 


Don Mills Collegiate Institute
15 The Donway East
Room 126
North York, ON M3C 1X6
4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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