by The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
We've identified these texts as great options for text pairings based on similar themes, literary devices, topic, or writing style. Supplement your lesson with one or more of these options and challenge students to compare and contrast the texts. To assign a paired text, click on the text to go to its page and click the "Assign Text" button there.
First They Came…
- Martin Niemöller
In this quotation, Martin Niemöller, a German anti-Nazi activist and Lutheran pastor, reflects on the consequences of staying silent and not protesting arrests made during World War II.Pair “First They Came” with "Elie Wiesel" and ask students to consider the conversation that would have taken place if Elie Wiesel ever spoke with Martin Niemoeller. What opinions do the two writers share? Are there ideas that separate them?
Introduction to the Holocaust
- The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
This informational text explains what the Holocaust was, who it affected, who carried it out, and how it ended.Pair “Introduction to the Holocaust” with "Elie Wiesel" to give students a better understanding of how the events leading up to the Holocaust and the process of Jewish internment shaped Wiesel's life. Ask students to discuss how they view Elie Wiesel as one of millions of people tormented by the Nazis. How do people like Wiesel help us understand this part of history?
Elie Wiesel’s “The Perils of Indifference” Speech
- Elie Wiesel
In “Elie Wiesel’s ‘The Perils of Indifference’ Speech,” the Holocaust survivor discusses the consequences of acting indifferently towards the suffering of others.Pair “Elie Wiesel’s ‘The Perils of Indifference’ Speech” with “Elie Wiesel” and have students read the latter text in order to gain background on the struggles and accomplishments of Elie Wiesel before reading Wiesel’s “Perils of Indifference” speech.
Elie Wiesel's Nobel Acceptance Speech
- Elie Wiesel
In “Elie Wiesel’s Nobel Acceptance Speech,” Wiesel discusses his experiences with injustice and how peace can be achieved in the future.Pair “Elie Wiesel” with “Elie Wiesel’s Nobel Acceptance Speech” to provide students with additional information about Wiesel’s life and accomplishments. How would you describe the impact that Wiesel had on the world by sharing his experiences from the Holocaust? Why did Wiesel think it is important to remember these tragic moments in history?