When we speak about the Kindertransport, we refer to the rescue of approximately 10,000 Jewish children from Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic to the United Kingdom between 1938 and 1939.
This project will introduce you to editing in Adobe Premiere Pro, while letting you explore a social/historical issue. This issue affected many Jews in the 20th Century and is currently unfolding in Europe today as people from areas of conflict in the Middle East are fleeing and migrating into Europe. You will focus on the three areas of video production: preproduction, production and postproduction, and will form a narrative that has a beginning, middle and end.
Train stations are meant to convey comings and goings, movement and change - sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse. German examples include the Anhalter Banholf - where thousands of Jewish children's lives were saved with the Kindertransport program with England (see the pix) for new beginnings. And the Gleis 17 Grunwald Station - which we will see tomorrow - where many Jews saw the last light of freedom as they boarded cattle cars for the concentration camps ending their lives.
The interactive film scripts combine the scripts of the Centropa Films with the links metioned in the Study Guides, thus marking various historical, cultural and geographical references.
You can use the film scripts in your class in order to understand the film better and help students to dig deeper in the (personal) stories by exploring history.
The film scripts are available in English and German and can be downloaded as PDF documents.
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.