Lesson plan: Post Holocaust Jewish communities

case study: Hungary


Course Title

Jewish Communities Around the World

Unit/Lesson Title

Post-Holocaust Jewish Communities, Case Study: Hungary


Through the use of Centropa films students will be introduced to Jewish life in Hungary during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with a focus on the diversity of economic status, assimilation and religious affiliation among the Jews.  The goal of watching these films will be to explore Jewish life in Hungary before WWII. 

Life in Hungary for Jews during period of the Holocaust, as well as the Communist era, will be covered briefly through Powerpoint presentation.  The two lessons will end with a discussion about contemporary Jewish life in Hungary through the use of lecture/discussion, and the aides of website, videos and publications from Jewish organizations in Hungary. 


From a world destroyed to a world rebuilt

“Everyone in this picture but my uncle and me were killed in the Holocaust.  Still, we had no choice: we rebuilt our lives and our communities-- not for us, so much, but for our children.”

Then and now: photographs from pre-Holocaust Hungary and photos of Jewish youth today

Dr. Lauren Granite has a Ph.D. in the Sociology of Religion.  She taught courses focusing on women and religion and Judaism at the Drew University in New Jersey; the University of Maryland and American University in the Washington, DC, area; and Gettysburg College and Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania.  She has been teaching Jewish History for twelve years, eight of them at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville, MD.  She teaches 9-12th grade students ancient, medieval and modern Jewish history, as well as a variety of electives that include Women in Jewish History, Jewish Communities Around the World, and Jews in Hollywood. 

Recently, Dr. Granite has been pleased to be a part of Centropa’s Teacher Pilot Seminars, travelling to Vienna, Budapest, Berlin, Frankfurt and the Mosel Valley to study the history and contemporary life of Jews in those areas.  In addition, she accompanied 6 students from her school to visit the Lipman school, a Jewish school in Moscow.  Beginning with the connections she made to these Jewish communities in Europe, Dr. Granite is currently working on creating lessons that allow her students to communicate and collaborate with Jewish teens in other countries.