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Using the Study Unit “Everyday Life in the Warsaw Ghetto – 1941” in the Classroom

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The Warsaw ghetto was the largest ghetto under Nazi rule, housing at its peak as many as 450,000 Jews. In this film Sheryl Silver-Ochayon presents the study unit for high school ages, “Everyday Life in the Warsaw Ghetto – 1941”, designed at the International School for Holocaust Studies. By juxtaposing rare photos taken by a German soldier in the ghetto during 1941 with testimony and documentation of Jews, we get a deeper picture of the life and death within the ghetto walls.

Sheryl Silver-Ochayon is a staff member at the International School for Holocaust Studies, Yad Vashem.

  • Part 1: Introduction
  • Part 2: Historical Background
  • Part 3: Overcrowding
  • Part 4: Everyday Life and Survival
  • Part 5: Welfare and Mutual Aid
  • Part 6: The "Badge of Shame" and Cultural Life
  • Part 7: Conclusion
  • More

    Archival footage and photographs:
    - Yad Vashem Photo Archive.
    - Steven Spielberg Film and Video Archive, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
    - Bundesfilmarchiv/Transit Film GmbH.
    - Footage of Rudolf Bohlmann used with the kind permission of Eginhard Teichmann.

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    Film produced by Mikooka Productions -

Pedagogical Objectives

  • Teach the Holocaust as a human story, in accordance with the educational philosophy of the International School for Holocaust Studies.
  • Implement multiple sources to create a fuller context to the Warsaw ghetto, as depicted at one point in time (1941).
  • Consider deeper aspects of photography-as-documentation: what the photo reveals, what it hides.

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