The International School for Holocaust Studies
e-Newsletter for Holocaust Educators
Welcome to the fourth issue of Teaching the Legacy, the e-newsletter of the International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem. This issue’s central theme is “Teaching the Holocaust through Literature”. The main article gives an overview of this subject, demonstrating the various ways literary texts can be used in the classroom. A lesson plan is then provided, which outlines in greater detail how to approach a sample text in the classroom. The e-newsletter also includes a section of book reviews, as well as updates on recent events and new services in the “What’s New” sections. We wish you fruitful and interesting reading, and as always we look forward to your feedback.
Teaching the Holocaust through Literature: “The Tenth Man,” by Ida Fink
Literature, in particular Holocaust literature, often makes a lasting impression on its readers due to the vivid imagery and the intimacy of the characters and events. Thus, it often has the ability to evoke feelings and emotions, in contrast to a standard history textbook. In an effort to promote Holocaust education with an interdisciplinary approach, the International School for Holocaust Studies has designed this lesson plan focusing on teaching the Holocaust through literature. The lesson and activities highlight a short story entitled "The Tenth Man," written by Holocaust survivor Ida Fink. The story was first published in Polish in 1983. Read more
What’s New at the International School for Holocaust Studies?
Teaching the Holocaust through Literature
In the field of Holocaust education, teachers face a daunting two-fold task: they must impart the vital historical information on the Holocaust, and at the same time ensure its continued emotional relevance to a generation removed from the actual events. By using literature in the classroom, primarily postwar poetry and memoirs written by survivors, the Holocaust can be translated from a massive historical process to a series of events which directly affected the life of the individual. In addition, Holocaust literature touches on the historical and the literary, making the field relevant to teachers of history, literature and English alike. Read more
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