by Veterans History Project
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A Holocaust Survivor, Spared from Gas Chamber by Twist of Fate
- Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson
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 “Liberating the First Nazi Camp: Interview with Jim Martin” and ask students to compare the depictions of life in a concentration camp. Why is it important to remember the tragedies of World War II? How can the experiences of Holocaust survivors be applied to present times?
- Siegfried Sassoon
Siegfried Loraine Sassoon (1886-1967) was an English writer, poet, and soldier. “Dreamers,” a poem about the dark side of war and its impact on soldiers, was likely inspired by Sassoon’s own experiences in World War I.Pair “Dreamers” with “Liberating the First Nazi Camp: Interview with Jim Martin” and ask students to explore the experiences of a soldier during war. How did soldiers react to the violence of war? Why is it important to remember and discuss the experiences of soldiers, especially in World War I and II?
Elie Wiesel’s Remarks at the Dedication of Yad Vashem Holocaust History Museum
- Elie Wiesel
In “Elie Wiesel’s Remarks at the Dedication of Yad Vashem Holocaust History Museum,” acclaimed author and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel discusses the museum’s ability to memorialize the victims of the Holocaust and his hopes for its impact on the future.Pair “Elie Wiesel’s Remarks at the Dedication of Yad Vashem Holocaust History Museum” with “Liberating the First Nazi Camp: Interview with Jim Martin” to provide students with a different perspective of the Nazi concentration camps. Why is it important to share multiple perspectives of a historic event? How do Martin’s memories and opinions of the camps compare to Wiesel’s?
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 “Liberating the First Nazi Camp: Interview with Jim Martin” and ask students to compare what Wiesel shares about the liberation of Nazi camps and how Martin depicts liberating one. Does Martin’s interview reveal that American troops, as well as Eisenhower, knew that Nazi camps existed? If so, do you think they knew how prisoners were being treated? How does Martin’s interview reinforce the dangers of being indifferent?
2 Khmer Rouge Leaders Are Convicted in Cambodia
- Thomas Fuller and Julia Wallace
The New York Times article “2 Khmer Rouge Leaders Are Convicted in Cambodia” discusses the trial that convicted two leaders of an organization in Cambodia that committed crimes against its people.Pair “Liberating the First Nazi Camp” with “2 Khmer Rouge Leaders Are Convicted in Cambodia” to provide students with another example of genocide. Ask students to discuss how concentration camp prisoners during the Holocaust were treated and how this compares to the Khmer Rouge’s treatment of Cambodians. How can the trial officials learn from the example set by Eisenhower? Is there more that can be done beyond the trial? Why or why not?