This is a one-class lesson on the Kindertransport. Following a group viewing of the Lilli Tauber film, students were self-directed by a PowerPoint presentation to explore the politics behind the Kindertransport. Students also viewed first hand accounts from the website “Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport.”
Here is the lesson plan: The Kindertransports
In this lesson, students will learn about early Zionism and Jewish life in Austria in the first part of the 20th Century. Students will engage themselves with materials on the Nuremberg Laws, the Anchluss, Kristallnacht (November Pogrom), and the American response to Jewish immigration from Europe in the 1930s.
Using the film, “A Suitcase Full of Memories,” this lesson plan helps students explore the topic of the Kindertransport and the impact of the Holocaust on children who survived and who chose to remain in (or return to) Europe, postwar. Also, a brief look at life before the Holocaust is surveyed as part of the larger picture of European Jewish life during this period.