Students will review Frank Blaichman’s personal stories from the time he began resisting the Nazis at age 16 and his transformation into the leader of his own partisan group. As a target of Nazi policy, a rescuer, and a partisan, Frank Blaichman faced profound moral and ethical dilemmas in situations where traditional rules of ethical conduct did not apply. Through Frank’s reflections, students will investigate the moral and ethical framework that his partisan unit developed during the Holocaust as they sought not only to protect themselves but also to shelter over 200 Jews in hiding.
The activities addressed in this lesson encourage the development of critical analysis and small-group interpersonal communication skills. Through this lesson, students will develop a deeper understanding of the Holocaust through the shared experiences of partisans who chose to resist.