HOLOCAUST RESOURCES FOR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS IN WALES

In this activity, students will consider the expression ‘child refugee’, what they think it means and why they think it means what it does. Students will then learn about Jewish child refugees during the 1930s. They will collect historical information about the Kindertransport and listen to the lived experience of a child refugee.

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Activity 1 - Kindertransport & Child Refugees in Wales:
Part 1 - Driving Forces

In this activity, students will learn about the child refugee experience during the 1930s and their journey to the UK. They will develop an understanding of the emotional impact on families and learn about the global response to the Kindertransport.

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Activity 2 - Kindertransport & Child Refugees in Wales:
Part 2 - The Journey

In this activity, students will learn about the child refugee experience during the 1930s and their arrival in Wales. They will develop an understanding of the challenges the children faced and the response of the local communities. They will also learn about the shared experiences of child refugees, as well as the differences.

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 In this activity, students will have an introduction to what Jewish identity, culture and communal life was like in Europe before World War 2, allowing them to understand the individuality of the Jewish lives affected by the Holocaust.

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Activity 4 - Jewish Life in Pre-War Europe – Identity, Diversity and Commonality

Activity 3 - Kindertransport & Child Refugees in Wales:
Part 3 - Arrival in Wales

In this activity, students will learn about the Nazi persecution of Jews in Germany before World War 2 and reflect on the concept of universal human rights.

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Activity 5 - The Legal Effect: How Laws can Persecute or Protect

In this activity, students will learn about how the Nazis used youth organisations and propaganda to cultivate the support of millions of Germans for their political goals and to shape public opinion and behaviour before and during World War 2.

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Activity 6 - Prejudice and Propaganda

This activity introduces students to the experience of Holocaust survivors and the legacy of loss they experienced in the aftermath of Nazi persecution and World War 2. Students will watch the video testimony of Irene Kirstein Watts, a Kindertransport refugee, to reflect on the challenges she faced and to broaden their understanding of the meaning of the term ‘survivor’.

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Activity 7 - Britain and the Legacy of Loss – Part One

This activity introduces students to the experience of Holocaust survivors and the legacy of loss they endured in the aftermath of World War 2. Students will consider the value of survivor testimony and the role it plays in our understanding of the history of the Holocaust.

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Activity 8 - Britain and the Legacy of Loss – Part Two

This activity provides an opportunity for students to consider the complex issue of responsibility in the context of the Nazi occupation of Europe during World War 2. Students will analyse different resources relating to key historical events and consider how the actions of ordinary people shaped the events of the Holocaust

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Activity 9 - Re-thinking Responsibility

This activity provides an opportunity for students to deepen their knowledge of the Holocaust through an exploration of different acts of Jewish resistance. Students will also consider how societies can meaningfully remember and honour those individuals, families and communities affected by the devastation of the Holocaust.

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Activity 10 - Resistance and Remembrance