Teaching Salvaged Pages: Young Writers' Diaries of the Holocaust

Explore an award-winning collection of diaries written by young people during the Holocaust with the help of this resource collection.

Teaching "Salvaged Pages: Young Writers’ Diaries of the Holocaust" provides primary sources and lesson plans for language arts and history teachers to complement Alexandra Zapruder's award winning collection of diaries written by young people during the Holocaust. Some of the writers were refugees, others were in hiding or passing as non-Jews, some were imprisoned in ghettos, and nearly all perished before liberation.

The diaries, documents, and lesson plans in this collection offer a personal window into the history of the Holocaust and raise enduring questions about human behavior. Don't miss the primary source archive below!

Find Lesson Plans by Diarist

The lessons in this collection can be taught as a set, following the chronology of the Holocaust, or used individually. Each lesson uses core academic skills to engage learners in a careful study of the text as an entry point to an exploration of a key event or theme in the history of the Holocaust. Each lesson has been constructed around an academic focus: Learn the History, Read and Reflect, or Use your Voice. Find lessons by diarist below.

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Teaching "Salvaged Pages: Young Writers’ Diaries of the Holocaust" includes a rich set of primary sources and documents that can be used in the lessons in this collection as well as in any study of the Holocaust. Resources include art created by the diarists, diary entries, documents, political cartoons, and personal objects from the diarists and their families.

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Ilya Gerber's Diary Entry on Rumors in the Vilna Ghetto, October 19, 1942

Entry from the diary of Ilya Gerber from October 19, 1942, in which he describes the spread of rumors in the Vilna ghetto.


October 19, 1942

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Anonymous Diary Entries on Rumors in the Łódź Ghetto, July 1944

Entries from the diary of an anonymous writer from July, 1944, in which he describes different rumors he has heard in the Łódź ghetto.

21/7 1944 [in Polish]

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Jewish Women in the Kovno Ghetto

Photograph of a group of Jewish women conversing in an alley outside the only barbershop in the Kovno ghetto.

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French Antisemitic Propaganda Pamphlet

Front page of a French antisemitic propaganda pamphlet that reads, “French people! Avoid the Jew with his scams and his business dealings without ration cards. You, who stand in interminable lines to obtain a tiny pittance, do you know that without the black market, a larger distribution would be possible?”

Elisabeth Kaufmann’s Diary Entry on French Internment Camps, May 13, 1940

An entry from the diary of Elisabeth Kaufmann from May 13, 1940, in which she describes the French policy of interning German nationals.


May 13, 1940 [Paris]

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Watercolor of Internment Camp from Elisabeth Kaufmann's Diary

Watercolor from Elisabeth Kaufmann's sketchbook, which she kept during the Holocaust, showing her with her brother and other inmates at the French internment camp Meslay-du-Maine.

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Watercolor of Paris Bedroom from Elisabeth Kaufmann's Diary

Watercolor from Elisabeth Kaufmann's sketchbook, which she kept during the Holocaust, showing Elisabeth and her friend Vilma in the bedroom of her family's Paris apartment.

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Elisabeth Kaufmann's Diary Entry on Fleeing from Paris, June 13, 1940

An entry from the diary of Elisabeth Kaufmann from June 13, 1940, in which she describes the mass exodus of tens of thousands of people from Paris as the German army advanced into the city.


June 13, 1940 [Rambouillet]

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Watercolor of Refugees Fleeing Paris from Elisabeth Kaufmann’s Diary

Watercolor from Elisabeth Kaufmann's sketchbook, which she kept during the Holocaust, showing refugees fleeing Paris in advance of the German invasion.

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