Before you is a 360-degree virtual space for learning about, and teaching, the Holocaust.
This space takes the learners on a chronological journey that tells the story of the Holocaust: the lives of Jews before the Holocaust, thriving communities and culture, the persecution of the Jews, anti-Jewish legislation and edicts, establishment of the camps, deportations, mass murder, uprisings, rescue stories, liberation and the return to life. All these are told and taught through a variety of vantage points and learning styles - historical videos, animated concepts, survivor testimony, historical figures and more.
The space consists of six rooms that outline the story of the Holocaust, covering the following themes: Nazi ideology and the Jews of Germany; The Occupation of Poland and Life in the Ghetto; The Beginning of Systematic Murder and Its Spread to Poland; The Europe-wide Murder of the Jews; Historical Figures of the Holocaust; Liberation and a New Life. In each room you can find suggestions for classroom discussion, classroom activities or homework - all based on the videos and testimonies presented.
The learning is designed to be modular and fundamentally experiential. The learners can go through the rooms and study them in order, or enter a specific room (from the map or location menu) and focus on that particular topic, viewing the videos within it. In addition teachers, and educators in informal education frameworks can choose videos and questions from various rooms, constructing a personal route, and then instruct the student to carry out the appropriate research.