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The Children of the Holocaust

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Birmingham Holocaust Education Center



Nine Birmingham, Alabama Holocaust survivors share their stories of despair, endurance, and ultimate survival in Nazi Germany and then their arrival in the United States. The stories themselves are powerful and compelling, but the fact that these are narrated by the survivors themselves makes them an undeniable truth and a testament to the events of the time. This documentary makes use of original photographs and footage taken during the years of the Holocaust, creating a powerful historical record. It is our hope that through this work, these Holocaust survivors will not be forgotten and their experiences will remain a truth that we can all learn from.

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Length: 50:32

Content Areas: Social Studies

Alabama Course of Study Alignments and/or Professional Development Standard Alignments:

SS2010 (9) World History: 1500 to the Present
14. Describe causes and consequences of World War II.
Examples: causes—unanswered aggression, Axis goal of world conquest
consequences—changes in political boundaries; Allied goals; lasting issues such as the Holocaust, Atomic Age, and Nuremberg Trials
  • Explaining the rise of militarist and totalitarian states in Italy, Germany, the Soviet Union, and Japan
  • Identifying turning points of World War II in the European and Pacific Theaters
  • Depicting geographic locations of world events between 1939 and 1945
  • Identifying on a map changes in national borders as a result of World War II
    SS2010 (11) United States History II: The Industrial Revolution to the Present
    8. Summarize events leading to World War II, including the militarization of the Rhineland, Germany's seizure of Austria and Czechoslovakia, Japan's invasion of China, and the Rape of Nanjing. [A.1.b., A.1.c., A.1.d., A.1.e., A.1.g., A.1.i., A.1.k.]
  • Analyzing the impact of fascism, Nazism, and communism on growing conflicts in Europe
  • Explaining the isolationist debate as it evolved from the 1920s to the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the subsequent change in United States' foreign policy
  • Identifying roles of significant World War II leaders
  • Examples: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, George S. Patton, Sir Winston Churchill, Bernard Montgomery, Joseph Stalin, Benito Mussolini, Emperor Hirohito, Hedeki Tōjō, Erwin Rommel, Adolf Hitler
  • Evaluating the impact of the Munich Pact and the failed British policy of appeasement resulting in the invasion of Poland


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