Memory and Legacy: Preparing to Learn from Descendants of Holocaust Survivors

In this classroom video, social studies teacher Paul Capobianco facilitates a discussion on the nuances of how Holocaust survivor testimonies are passed down, remembered, and shared. As fewer Holocaust survivors are alive to share their stories, how can we learn from the children of such survivors? Stories from second-generation descendants of Holocaust survivors—children of Holocaust survivors born after the end of World War II in 1945—are significant and a reflection of the survivors themselves. This video explores how framing a lesson around the importance of memory using classroom discussion and journaling can prepare students to learn from survivors of the Holocaust and their descendants.

Note: This video was filmed in January 2020. To adapt these teaching strategies for remote learning, visit Support for Teachers During the COVID-19 Outbreak.

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