Kindertransport: "From the mother who will never forget you"

 USC Shoah Foundation
Grade Level:
  9 -  10
Estimated completion time:
 1.5 hour(s)
Standards Addressed:
Subject Area:
 Character Education, English Language Arts, European History, Expository Reading and Writing, Media & Digital Literacy, Visual & Performing Arts, World History

In this activity, students will learn more about the Kindertransport from Nazi-occupied Europe to England, studying primary sources to understand the historical context surrounding the literary text. Students will read an excerpt from The Children of Willesden Lane, review a photo of children arriving on a Kindertransport and then watch testimony from child survivor, Vera Gissing, who shares her own experiences from her journey. By the end of this activity, students will develop a short poem about the journey taken by the passengers of the Kindertransport.


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