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The Holocaust

The Holocaust

Author: Kayla Himmist

After viewing each article, website, or video in this tutorial, each student will be able to correctly answer a serious of questions based on these sources. 

This tutorial is designed to help you learn more about the Holocaust and better understand the perspective of the Jews persecuted before and during World War II. After reviewing each source you should be able to answer all the questions posed to you about this tutorial since these sources simply give you more information about things we have discussed in class. 

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Standards Addressed by this Tutorial

Reading Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies 6–12 

Grades 9 & 10- Standard number 1:

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending
to such features as the date and origin of the information. 

Grades 9 &10- Standard number 4:

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social science. 


Source: "California Common Core State Standards." CCSS for ELA - Content (CA Dept of Education) (2013): 81. California State Board of Education, Mar. 2013. Web. 12 Dec. 2014. .

Introduction to the Holocaust

This article gives a brief introduction and overview of the Holocaust, what it was, as well as when and where it occurred.


Source: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. “Introduction to the Holocaust.” Holocaust Encyclopedia. Accessed on December 14, 2014.

On thePersecution of the Jews of Lodz

This is a diary entry written by a young man named Yarden in September, 1939. He talks about the great persecution that the Jews suffered before being placed into concentration camps.


Source: Michal Unger, The Last Ghetto: Life in the Lodz Ghetto, Yad Vashem, 1992, p. 40.

Arnold Ropeik on the Concentration Camps

In the video on this webpage a U.S. veteran from WWII describes what concentration camps across Europe were like after they were liberated by the Allied forces in 1945.

Source: "Auschwitz Exclusive Videos & Features." A&E Television Networks, n.d. Web. 14 Dec. 2014. .

Short Essay Question

This short essay question is to be answered after you have viewed the entire tutorial. You must write at least five sentences in response to this question and submit your response to me via email.


After viewing the article, diary entry, and video, do you think there is anything that the Jews could have done to try and prevent the Holocaust from occurring? Please explain your reasoning on why you do or do not think there was anything they could have done.