The Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program

Bring the free resources of the Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program into your classroom. 

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THE BOOKS

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Education Programs

New! Hidden Children, Identity and the Holocaust: Surviving in the Margin of the Catastrophe


The Azrieli Foundation’s Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program has designed a six-lesson Education Program on the theme of hidden children and identity. The Education Program is available in English and French and it can be adapted to the needs of your classroom.

Overview: The Education Program teaches students about the history of the Holocaust through the stories of individual survivors who lived as hidden children and later immigrated to Canada and wrote memoirs of their experiences. Students will each read one memoir and use Re:Collection, an interactive digital resource, to explore “recollections” (video clips, memoir excerpts, photographs and artifacts) related to their author. In small group discussion, students will explore the concept of identity to develop an appreciation for how people in the past have formed their identities, how their identities were attacked and suppressed during the Holocaust, and how these experiences have affected their lives as adults in Canada. As a class, students will examine primary sources to consider the context of rising discrimination and persecution of Jews as a catalyst for decisions to go into hiding. Depending on their discipline, students will have the option to create a timeline or a newspaper article. By the end of the Education Program, students will understand the variety of ways in which Jewish children experienced the Holocaust in hiding, and demonstrate awareness of the value and challenges of using personal accounts to study this history.

Required Resources:

The Education Program uses memoirs by Judy Abrams, Claire Baum, René Goldman, Muguette Myers, Arthur Ney, and Marguerite Élias Quddus. The program can be completed using any one or any combination of these memoirs. Using the order form above, select the number of memoirs required for your class. The books are free for teachers and students. 

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Download a complete package of the Student Reading Guides and Worksheets


Download each Reading Guide and Worksheet separately:

Lesson 1

Reading Guide For Judy Abrams

Reading Guide For Claire Baum

Reading Guide For René Goldman

Reading Guide For Muguette Myers

Reading Guide For Arthur Ney

Reading Guide For Marguerite Élias Quddus

Worksheet 1: Reflection Journal


Lesson 2

Re:Collection Instructions

Worksheet 2: Judy Abrams Author Biography Activity

Worksheet 2: Claire Baum Author Biography Activity

Worksheet 2: René Goldman Author Biography Activity

Worksheet 2 Muguette Myers Author Biography Activity

Worksheet 2: Arthur Ney Author Biography Activity

Worksheet 2: Marguerite Élias Quddus Author Biography Activity


Lesson 3

Worksheet 3: Identity Discussion Questions


Lesson 5

Worksheet 4A: Newspaper Article Assignment

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Worksheet 4B: Timeline Assignment (print on 11X17 paper)


Please contact us if you would like to know more about the Education Program or would like help implementing the Education Program in your classroom. We welcome your feedback on the Education Program and we hope to improve it by adapting the content to teachers’ needs.

Contact:        Stephanie Corazza, Education and Curriculum Associate                                                            

                      Stephanie@azrielifoundation.org


SUPPORTING MATERIALS

Glossary Search

Enhance your historical knowledge through definitions of essential Holocaust terms and events.

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WEB RESOURCES

Re:Collection

Engage with Holocaust history through the incredible stories of survivors who built a new life in Canada.

Experience Re:Collection to explore, discover and collect rare interview footage of survivors, excerpts from their memoirs and archival photographs and artifacts. Curate thematic collections and gain a deeper understanding of the past through interactive timelines and maps.

ENTER RE:COLLECTION

Holocaust Survivor Short Films

Combining animation, archival and interview footage, our Holocaust survivor short films provide an engaging and moving introduction to our survivor stories and Holocaust history. 

Watch and Download our complete collection.

Educational Philosophy

The Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program’s approach to Holocaust education emphasizes the importance of the individual story and is based on a few key principles: 

Our memoirs can only be properly understood in each of their specific historical, geographical, sociological and political contexts.

  • By focusing on the particularities of the experiences of one or more authors, students realize the enormous multiplicity of stories that make up this historical event.

Emphasizing the ordinary lives lived by people before they were disrupted by war and genocide highlights our shared humanity.

  • Students form connections with the authors and see them as individuals they can learn from and engage with, rather than as statistics or victims.

First-person accounts demonstrate the impact of the Holocaust on individuals and the struggles they faced in its aftermath, including their immigration to Canada.

  • Students engage in historical empathy by understanding how people navigated their way through an unprecedented historical situation.

Educational programs need to challenge students to think critically about complex and sensitive topics.

  •  Students develop the capacity to understand contemporary global issues and debates, as they grow into an informed and thoughtful younger generation.


Note to Educators

Due to the traumatic and often horrific nature of the authors’ experiences surviving the Holocaust, the books contain sensitive material, such as violence and sexual content. It is the policy of the Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program not to excise these passages; we maintain the integrity of the survivors’ accounts, editing only for clarity and editorial consistency.

Our books have been classified by age according to content and not by reading level. We strongly urge teachers to use their discretion and consult the mature content notice listed beside each book.