Teaching About the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Europe
As the United States plunged into World War II after the attack on Pearl Harbor, few American civilians or soldiers knew what was happening to the Jews of Europe. And so, even as the deadliest, most destructive war in history came to a close, soldiers from the U.S. and women who served in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps - along with their Allied partners from the UK, the Soviet Union, and other countries - were not prepared for what they would encounter as they uncovered the Nazi atrocities both in the field and the concentration camps.
Below we have curated testimony-based resources you could use with your students to learn more about this important historical moment. Including testimony into your instruction will help students understand this important history from multiple perspectives of those who were there. The resources below can help promote empathy and motivate students to be active citizens in their communities.