Primary Voices: Teaching Through Holocaust Survivor Testimony

Last updated on
Friday, September 18th, 2020
Experience type: 
Online Resource
Program Description

This web-based Holocaust educational resource creates opportunities for students to interact with Holocaust survivor’s accounts of persecution, loss and survival. Educators and students can engage with Holocaust testimony in a lesson, within a larger unit, or as part of an independent research project.

  • Recommended for students in grades 8 through 12, with adaptations possible for intermediate grades
  • Includes excerpts of digitized audio-visual testimonies from the VHEC’s survivor testimony collection
  • Contains lesson plans, student worksheets and classroom activities


Big Ideas
  • Exploring stories and other texts helps us understand ourselves and make connections to others and to the world.
  • People understand text differently depending on their worldviews and perspectives.
  • Questioning what we hear, read, and view contributes to our ability to be educated and engaged citizens.
  • Texts are socially, culturally, and historically constructed.
  • Collective identity is constructed and can change over time.
  • Disparities in power alter the balance of relationships between individuals and between societies.
  • Emerging ideas and ideologies profoundly influence societies and events.
  • Trip Details
    For Grades: 
    8, 9, 10, 11, 12
    See notes. minutes unless otherwise stated.
    Maximum Students: 
    Offered In French: 
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    Packages Provided: 
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