Paired Texts > Auschwitz
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This article details the rise of anti-Semitic laws in Nazi Germany throughout the 1930s which eventually led to the complete dehumanization and segregation of Jews living in Nazi-occupied territory.Pair “Anti-Jewish Legislation in Prewar Germany” with “Auschwitz” and ask students to discuss how the environment that condoned the mass killing of Jews was created. How did the anti-Semitic laws passed by Adolf Hitler help him force Jews into concentration camps?
In 1942, a young Polish boy named Jack Mandelbaum was torn from the rest of his family - who were sent to the gas chambers of Auschwitz - to work in a labor camp. This article reports on the story of his survival.Pair “A Holocaust Survivor, Spared from Gas Chamber by Twist of Fate” with “Auschwitz” to provide students with the personal account of one person who survived Auschwitz. How does Jack Mandelbaum’s description of concentration camps compare to the text? How was Mandelbaum able to avoid the gas chambers at Auschwitz?
"Death Marches in the Holocaust" discusses how concentration camp prisoners were evacuated and forced to walk in conditions that few were able to survive.Pair “Auschwitz” with “Death Marches in the Holocaust” and ask students to compare how the two texts depict the SS’s actions when Allied troops closed in on concentration camps. How do the depictions of death marches in the two texts differ?