Arrival at Auschwitz - Images and Individual Experiences

 USC Shoah Foundation
Grade Level:
  9 -  12
Estimated completion time:
 1 hour(s)
Standards Addressed:
 Common Core, ISTE NETS
Subject Area:
 Social Studies, History, English Language Arts, Genocide Studies, Holocaust & Genocide Studies, Visual & Performing Arts, World History, Auschwitz: The Past is Present

In this activity, students will consider the personal experiences of those who arrived on the ramp at Auschwitz-Birkenau. They will explore images from the Auschwitz Album, showing the arrival of Hungarian Jewish men, women and children in 1944, as well as listen to survivors who endured a similar process.

By completing this activity, students will analyze photographs as a primary source, learn how testimony can be used to analyze other primary sources and will be introduced to the Auschwitz Album and its historical context.

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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