Art in the Face of Death

 USC Shoah Foundation
Grade Level:
  6 -  12
Estimated completion time:
 1 hour(s)
Standards Addressed:
 Common Core, ISTE NETS
Subject Area:
 Literature, History, Ethics, European History, Genocide Studies, Holocaust & Genocide Studies, Humanities, Language and Composition, Visual Arts, World History, Auschwitz: The Past is Present

This Mini Quest features visual art, poetry, and music created from the Auschwitz experience.

In this activity, students will develop their understanding of the day-to-day life of an inmate in Auschwitz and consider the significance of art in the lives of some of those survivors. Students will also reflect on how they are personally affected by the art and stories of these survivors and construct their own works of art.

The Auschwitz camp complex, established in 1940, consisted of concentration, extermination, and labor camps. For clarity, in IWitness activities, Auschwitz is used to refer to the main camp; Auschwitz-Birkenau or Birkenau refers to the extermination center; and Auschwitz-Monowitz or Monowitz refers to the labor camp.

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