Picturing Kristallnacht

This lesson commemorates Kristallnacht by having students examine how it was a turning point in the treatment of Jews in Germany and Austria.  Taught within the context of the 8th grade Holocaust curriculum in a congregational school, the goal of the lesson is to personalize for students what happened by starting with their own photographs as a way connect to young Jews in Jews in Germany and Austria before the Nazi rise to power.   We then used Centropa interview excerpts and photographs to learn first-hand memories of Kristallnacht.