Grade: 3-5

#1193. Teaching the Holocaust through the Arts

Social Studies, level: Elementary
Posted Sat Jul 24 09:13:50 PDT 1999 by Nancy Adair (
American Boychoir School, Princeton, NJ
Materials Required: film,"Journey of the Butterfly"
Activity Time: 2 periods
Concepts Taught: using poetry,music,art to reflect spirit of victims

Discuss with children the poetry left as graffiti during internment at Terezin; artwork also depicting lifestyles within concentration camps. The film is based on text of poems but musical presentation focuses on projecting beauty of spirit and does not glamorize the horror of war . Each student can write a letter to someone in a concentration camp explaining how they will keep their memory alive and nevet allow the atrocities that occurrrd be repeated.