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Camilla’s Purse
Holocaust survivor Camilla Gottlieb’s ordinary life in Vienna was upended by World War II into crisis, imprisonment and ultimately a new life in the United States. Her purse, discovered by her family after her death in 1964, contained letters and papers that trace her trials and triumphs. Explore this exhibit from the National Museum of American History to learn what those artifacts reveal about her journey.
In this Smithsonian Learning Lab collection, students read a series of primary sources from the survivors or witnesses of the Holocaust during World War II. Then they look at various memorials that were created to remember the Holocaust and decide which is the most applicable to their person. Students use evidence from the primary source and the memorial to explain their conclusions.
Holocaust and Nazi Propaganda
Encourage students to explore this Smithsonian Learning Lab collection to view posters of Nazi propaganda a from the 1920’s through the 1940’s.
Auschwitz Survivors Tell Their Stories
From the moment they arrived at the concentration camp, Jews and other Holocaust victims were treated like animals. Only a lucky group survived the experience. Watch this Smithsonian magazine video to learn about the experience in their own words.
Document Deep Dive: A. Holocaust Survivor Finds Hope in America
Michael Pupa’s story, from orphan of Nazi Europe to American citizen, is a testament to the freedoms America offers. To learn how, read this Smithsonian magazine article.
Treblinka: Hitler’s Killing Machine
Forensic archaeologist Caroline Sturdy Colls has been given unprecedented access to excavate one of history’s greatest crime scenes: Hitler’s secret extermination camp in the Polish village of Treblinka. Watch this Smithsonian Channel video to see what she discovered.
Songs of the Ghetto
During World War II, the term “ghetto” took on new meaning as a place where Jews in Nazi-controlled Europe were required to live, usually later to be transported to concentration camps. Ghetto residents often turned to music to express their sorrow, ease their burden and seek courage. Listen to this collection from Smithsonian Folkways Recordings to hear a collection of those songs.
The Unforgotten: New Voices of the Holocaust
Two newly translated diaries by young women murdered in the Holocaust cry out to us about the evils of the past and the dangers of the present. Read this Smithsonian magazine article to learn more.
America on the Move
This site, presented by the National Museum of American History, explores the role of transportation in American history. Students will visit communities wrestling with the changes that new transportation networks brought to see cities change, suburbs expand, and farms and factories become a part of regional, national and international economies.
Where Have You Been, Where Are You Going?
In this downloadable activity from the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access, students list the states they‘ve visited and the modes of transportation that brought them there.