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April 11, 1945
Background information regarding the liberation of Buchenwald concentration camp from History.com's "This Day in History" site.
Colors and Symbols of Stigmatization
The students will research the different colors and symbols used to symbolize the Nazi party's list of undesirable people. The students will gain an understanding of how other people can arbitrarily judge other people as inferior. This activity is designed as a prereading activity for Night.
Divine Impulses: Elie Wiesel
Video, about 4 1/2 minutes, of Wiesel's interview with Sally Quinn. He mentions "losing everything" to Bernard Madoff and the metaphor of Cain and Abel.
Elie Wiesel: First Person Singular
Biography, a teacher guide, and links to additional resources. This site supports the video/DVD available from PBS.
Elie Wiesel, Winner of the 1986 Nobel Prize in Peace
A collection of links from the Nobel Archives. Be sure to scroll to the bottom.
The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity
Biography, conferences, essay contest, humanitarian award.
A God who Remembers
Read and listen to Wiesel's essay, written for NPR's This I Believe.
Teaching Historical Background
More lesson plans and resources for teaching about the Holocaust.
Several reading strategies to use with the book, including a directed reading/thinking activity and a Socratic questioning activity.
These resources from Oprah's Book Club include a teacher's guide, still photos from the return to Auschwitz, and links to survivors' stories.
This digital booktalk, a short video, can serve as a prereading activity.
Night: Google Lit Trips
This interactive unit will help students see the journey Wiesel makes both geographically (it uses Google Earth maps) and physically (it has a photo of him shortly before deportation and upon liberation). Follow the links to download the KMZ file for Night. Google Earth must be on your computer for this to work; the free version will do.
Putting a Face to the Numbers: Revealing First-Hand Accounts of Historical Genocide
From the New York Times: "In this lesson, students learn about how hearing about experiences of genocide can make an impact on students. Then, students create a text on the history of genocide, using first-hand accounts and other primary sources as the focus of the text."
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
This site contains several exhibits about the Holocaust. Be sure to click on "For Teachers" for links to valuable, free resources to support teaching this subject.
Voices of the Holocaust
Designed for 9th graders who already have a working knowledge of the Holocaust, this site has 28 oral history testimonies gathered from men and women living in Britain today, together with associated background text, biographies, information, teacher resources, and student activities.
Yes, Virginia, there was a Holocaust
An 8th grade interdisciplinary unit exploring persecution during World War II. This 19-page document requires Adobe Reader or compatible application for access.
"Hope, Despair, and Memory"
Text of Wiesel's Nobel Lecture, 1986.
Key quotations from "Hope, Despair, and Memory"
Key quotations at WikiQuotes.