Rescue during the Holocaust

This lesson focuses on the small minority of people who chose, often at great personal risk, to offer assistance to Jews during the Holocaust. It thus offers a contrast to the many examples of negative human behaviour which students will have so far encountered during the course whilst encouraging reflection on the complex range of motives which might have led someone to become a rescuer.

Click on the links below to download the teaching notes and classroom resources; Welsh-language versions of classroom resources can be accessed via the links in brackets.

Guidance notes

PowerPoint  (Fersiwn Cymraeg)

Worksheet  (Fersiwn Cymraeg)

The Pianist clip*

Writings of Wilm Hosenfeld  (Fersiwn Cymraeg)

Rescuers cards  (Fersiwn Cymraeg)


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