Johnny Jablon

  • 14+
  • 2 class periods

Johnny Jablon was born in Krakow, Poland, in 1926. During the Holocaust, he was a prisoner in several forced labour and concentration camps. He came to Canada in 1948 as a war orphan and now lives in Montreal.

The educational materials below can be used to create a lesson around Johnny Jablon’s survival story.

Learning goals

  • engage with survivor testimony
  • develop media skills by researching a survivor’s story on the digital resource Re:Collection
  • use historical-thinking and critical-thinking skills to complete a timeline

How to use these materials in class

Step 1: The Background Reading is a short introduction to a survivor’s story that provides historical and biographical context. Distribute the Background Reading to your students to prepare them to delve deeper into Johnny Jablon’s survival story.

Step 2: The Re:Collection Instructions show students how to navigate the digital resource Re:Collection. Distribute the instructions before your students use the digital resource.

Step 3: The Author Biography Activity asks students to answer eight chronological questions about a survivor’s life before, during and after the Holocaust. Assign this activity to your students to guide them through an exploration of Johnny Jablon’s page on Re:Collection.

Step 4: The Timeline Activity asks students to create a timeline of significant events from a survivor’s life alongside significant events in the history of the Holocaust. Assign this activity to your students to apply what they learned about Johnny Jablon’s experiences during the Holocaust to the broader historical context.