Choosing to Rescue

 Facing History and Ourselves
Grade Level:
  9 -  12
Estimated completion time:
 1.25 hour(s)
Standards Addressed:
 Common Core, ISTE NETS
Subject Area:
 Character Education, Holocaust & Genocide Studies, World History

In this activity, students will learn about and reflect on the decisions made by individuals who rescued Jews during the Holocaust.

Students will explore the experiences of three rescuers from the Holocaust and consider what influenced the choices they made. Students will locate, describe, and reflect on decision points within the testimony by using a graphic organizer. Students will also use evidence from the testimony to consider how identity, point of view, and surroundings influenced the decisions they made.

The activity concludes with students writing a personal reflective journal that conveys their thoughts and learning about the choices rescuers made during the Holocaust. Students will share their work and then discuss their thinking with classmates.

Activity Image: "Stronghold", Painting by Samuel Bak, Courtesy of Pucker Gallery,

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