Auschwitz - Inner Strength, Outward Resistance

 USC Shoah Foundation
Grade Level:
  9 -  12
Estimated completion time:
 1 hour(s)
Standards Addressed:
 Common Core, ISTE NETS
Subject Area:
 Character Education, English Language Arts, Ethics, Expository Reading and Writing, Genocide Studies, Holocaust Literature, Holocaust & Genocide Studies, Humanities, Language and Composition, World History, Auschwitz: The Past is Present

Through an analysis of testimony, students learn about the resistance efforts that took place in the Auschwitz camp complex and about the meaning of resistance in the context of the Holocaust. Students construct a poem or collage to demonstrate their learning.

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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