Liberation through the Eyes of a Hidden Child

 The Azrieli Foundation
Grade Level:
  6 -  8
Estimated completion time:
 1 hour(s)
Standards Addressed:
 Language Grades 6,7,8; Social Studies Grade 6; History Grades 7,8
Subject Area:
 Social Studies, History, English Language Arts, Holocaust & Genocide Studies

This activity on the Canadian liberation of the Netherlands in the final months of World War II teaches this historical moment through the perspective of a Jewish girl in hiding. Students will broaden their understanding of liberation as not simply a time of joy and celebration for the population, but also as a transition from the horrors of the war and Holocaust to the challenges faced by those who survived, especially Jews. Using testimony, students will learn about Claire Baum's experiences in hiding during the Holocaust, her moment of liberation and her life after liberation; students will express their insights into the significance of this moment in a short written response and discussion.

Along with hearing from Claire Baum, students will also hear testimony from Holocaust survivors Eric Flagg, Ann Jenner and Michael Swart.

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