This lesson assists students in appreciating the contours of modern Jewish history. Using a Centropa film, students synthesize their learning from film, oral history interview, and standard history textbooks.
Here is the lesson plan: Understanding Jewish Life in Europe Beyond the Periods of Catastrophe
Using nine Centropa films and one feature length documentary about the Jewish sports club of Vienna, as well as conducting personal interviews, students will examine factors affecting immigration in their own families, in addition to the diverse and complex factors affecting immigration and emigration patterns in 20th century Jewish history.
This lesson explores the interplay between personal identity, physical location and the flow of Jewish history.
Number/length of Units: 6 weeks with 6 one-hour sessions.