Silver Chips Online presents ways to commemorate one of history's most tragic events
Silver Chips Online presents ways to commemorate one of history's most tragic events.
Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Yom Hashoah, commemorated the sixtieth anniversary of the Holocaust on May 5. All over the world people read poems, speeches or kept the victims of the Holocaust in their thoughts to remember this tragic event. For those of you wishing to remember the Holocaust or learn more about the event, Silver Chips Online has included a brief history and a list of related museum exhibits, movies and books in this article.
The Holocaust is generally considered to have started in 1941 with the creation of Auschwitz, a concentration camp, and ended in 1945 with the end of World War II. However, Nazis had begun mass killings in the 1930s as they began to exterminate mentally and physically handicapped people in pursuit of a master race. They killed large numbers of Jewish people and people commonly known as gypsies by shooting them in open field or mass executing them.
The start of the Holocaust marks the start of methodical, efficient mass killings in which Nazis specially created gas chambers and work camps to literally work their prisoners to death. By the end of the Holocaust and World War II, six million Jews had been slaughtered by the Nazis, including one and a half million children.
To learn more about the Holocaust, there are a variety of exhibits, books, websites and films that are easily accessible for students. Silver Chips Online has compiled a list for your convenience.
The Holocaust Museum in D.C. has quite a few exhibits of interest to high school students. They include:
Schindler: This is the story of Oskar Shindler, also the subject of the famous film "Schindler's List." Schindler was responsible for saving the lives of over 1,000 Jews during the Holocaust when they worked in his factory and received far better treatment than the Nazi labor camps. When he located his factory, he was able to take all of his workers with him to safety.
Remember the Children: Daniel's Story: This exhibit is told from the perspective of a young Jewish boy during the Holocaust as he witnesses the Nazis's increasing control over his country and his liberty. The exhibit includes diary entries and hands-on activities for younger museum patrons.
Life in the Shadows: Hidden Children and the Holocaust: This is the story of children who went underground to escape the Nazis, told through photographs and other assembled documents from real survivors.
Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals: This follows the persecution of homosexual Germans as they were rounded up and jailed by the thousands. The Nazis, in a quest to make their master Aryan race, believed the homosexual carried a disease that would destroy the masculinity of the German population.
Fighting Fires of Hate: America and Nazi Book Burnings: This exhibits looks at the first demonstrations of censorship exhibited by the Nazis as they began to burn books with dangerous or what they believed to be anti-German ideas. The exhibit also relates the German book burnings to those that happened in America.
Varian Fry, ASSIGNMENT: RESCUE, 1940-1941: This exhibit chronicles the valiant attempts of Fry, an American writer, to smuggle other artists out of France during the Nazi occupation.
First Person Interview at the Helena Rubinstein Auditorium: This event is a discourse with a Holocaust survivor. The event will happen on May 11 at 1 p.m. at 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place in D.C. For more information, click here.
The Holocaust History Project < ahref= http://www.holocaustsurvivors.org/> Holocaust Survivors.org each have a large compilation of essays, photographs and other artifacts from the early 1940s.
"Night" by Elie Wiesel.
"The Diary of Anne Frank" by Anne Frank and "The Last Seven Months of Anne Frank" by Willy Lindwer
"Wartime Lies" by Louis Begley
"Hide and Seek" by Ida Vos
"Hide and Seek"'s Jewish protagonist Rachel survives the Holocaust with her entire family but cannot understand how it happened or what it means for her people.
"On the Other Side of the Gate" by Yuri Suhl
"The Cage" by Ruth Minsky
"The Cage" is a first person narrative of a young girl who experiences deportation to a ghetto and finally a concentration camp during the Holocaust.
"A Scrap of Time and Other Stories" by Ida Fink
"Seed of Sarah" by Judith Magyaar Isaacson
"Seed of Sarah" is a memoir by Judith Magyaar Isaacson of her time in Auschwitz during the Holocaust. The book is full of details, like an annotated map of Auschwitz and carefully labeled photographs.
"Maus" by Art Spiegelman
This is a graphic novel told in two parts; the first tells the story of Art Spiegelman Maus's father, a concentration camp survivor, and the second is about Maus's determination to connect with his father.
Perhaps the most famous Holocaust film, "Schindler's List" tells the story of the greedy businessman Oskar Schindler, who becomes an unlikely hero during World War II when he saves the lives of 1,000 Jews.
This movie tells the story of Wladyslaw Szpilman (Adrien Brody), an accomplished pianist in the 1940s. Szpilman goes into hiding during the
"Life is Beautiful"
This Roberto Benigni film tells the story of a family sent to the concentration camps towards the end of World War II. Guido (Benigni) hopes to make things easier for his child by convincing him it's a game and test of strength to win a special prize.
"Triumph of the Spirit"
This movie tells the true story of a Greek boxer (Willem Dafoe) who is allowed to live in Auschwitz as long as he continues to fight for the entertainment of the Nazis.
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