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Return to Life Teaching Unit

Return to Life – The Holocaust Survivors: From Liberation to Rehabilitation

Museum of the Jewish Diaspora; Ghetto Fighters' House; Yad Vashem

The story of how the remnants of the Holocaust emerged from the abyss of the ghettos and the death camps to rebuild their lives. Liberation did not end the agony of Jews. When the survivors returned to their native lands, they found their families destroyed and their homes taken over. Some, as in the pogrom in Kielce, Poland, were brutally murdered. The refugees languished in Displaced Persons' camps throughout Europe until many were able to immigrate – legally or illegally – to Palestine and return to life.

The unit comprises: 20 black-and-white posters (35x50 cm); a video of survivors' testimonies and documentary footage of DP camps and immigration to Israel; and a teacher's manual with testimonies, articles, maps, and suggestions for class activities. Target audience: junior and senior high schools. Available in Hebrew, English, and Spanish.


Return to Life CD-ROM

Return to Life [CD-ROM]

Museum of the Jewish Diaspora; Ghetto Fighters' House; Yad Vashem

The story of how the remnants of the Holocaust emerged from the infernos of the ghettos and the death camps and rebuilt their lives against all odds. Survivor testimonies accompany an extensive database of information on liberation day, issues of revenge, life in the Displaced Persons' camps, and official and unofficial immigration routes to Palestine and America. This multimedia presentation was produced with the generousity of the Dan family, together with the Canadian Society for Yad Vashem.

The CD-ROM contains: testimonies, historical documents, photographs, and archival footage; a teacher's manual with an overview of the CD-ROM's structure and content; and suggestions for class activities. Target audience: high schools and colleges. Available in Hebrew and English.


Witnesses at the Eichmann Trial

Witnesses at the Eichmann Trial – A Compilation of Testimonies

Produced by Yad Vashem

Testimonies from one of the most famous trials of the 20th century. In the spring of 1961, the eyes of the world were focused on Jerusalem and on the trial of Adolf Eichmann, the notorious Nazi leader responsible for the deportation of millions of Jews to the extermination centers. Although arrested at the end of the war, Eichmann succeeded in fleeing to Argentina where he lived for ten years under an assumed identity. In 1960, Israeli Mossad agents kidnapped Eichmann and brought him to stand trial in Jerusalem. The moving accounts of Holocaust victims who testified at the trial have been recorded for posterity. In 1962, Adolf Eichmann, found guilty of crimes against the Jewish people and humanity, was executed.

The unit contains a 45-minute video of the first collection of testimonies from the ten-week trial, produced in cooperation with the Israel State Archives and the Steven Spielberg Film Archives. Target audience: high schools. Available in Hebrew and English.


Liberation

Liberation: Holocaust Literature – A Teaching Unit

Rotem Wagner and Inbar Raveh

A teaching unit that focuses on the human dimension of the liberation, placing an emphasis on the liberation of thousands of Jews from the extermination centers and the places where they had sought refuge during the long war years. With liberation, Jewish victims once again became human beings.

The unit examines the existential and psychological dimensions of liberation through literature and stories of survivors. The unit is comprised of an anthology of eight short stories accompanied by an analysis of each story and discussion questions. Target audience: senior high schools. Available in Hebrew and English.