This lesson plan for secondary school students will introduce your students to the history of Auschwitz-Birkenau, and share with them the stories of people who were imprisoned there. Auschwitz-Birkenau was the largest and most infamous of all the Nazi camps, where approximately 1.1 million people were murdered.
HMD 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, but how much do your students know about what happened there? This lesson plan provides two levels for students who know very little, and students who know more. Each level includes details of the history of Auschwitz-Birkenau and experiences of individuals who were imprisoned there.
To teach each level in its entirety will take around 90 minutes, but this is a flexible resource and you can choose elements and topics appropriate to your class.
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