Find the group to which you have been assigned. Decide who will fulfill each duty assignment. Then work with your group members to complete the task assigned to your position in society.
Information Analyst: Your job is to take notes on the lives of SS soldiers by researching the websites below. Make sure they are thorough, as they will make up the bulk of information presented within your recruitment video. Next you will need to work with the Unit Photographer to create a Work Cited page that credits your references.
Cohesion Expert: You will open a new iMovie, Windows Movie, WeVideo, etc. and create a catchy slogan about life as an SS officer. Once that is complete, your mission is to work with the Information Analyst to display the information he (or she) has taken notes on in a way that will inspire others to join your ranks as SS.
Unit Photographer: Your job will be to collect images from the internet of SS at work throughout the war. You will need video and still pictures to really illustrate what life is like on a daily basis. Your next task will be to collect music that is suitably inspirational and place it within your video. Make sure you create a Work Cited page to turn in with your video so that you avoid plagiarism.
Action Plan Analyst: Your job is to collect a list of action steps for loyal young Germans who wish to join the SS army. Then work with the Cohesion Expert to place those steps within your video.
Your entire video must be at least two minutes long and no longer than six.
**When you have completed your individual duty assignment and your project is complete, each of you must write a one-page reflection on what you learned about what it would have been like to live as an SS officer during World War 2. How did society treat them before, during and after the war? What was their role in society? What was the most surprising thing you learned during this project? When you are finished, turn in your reflection to the Google Classroom assignment page.**
A brief history of the role of the SS in society.
Even today, we struggle with the effects of this time period. This is a 60 Minutes story from earlier this year that discusses the role the SS played and whether they should have been punished for their actions.
Researcher 1: Your job is to investigate the Personal Testimony Database for a possible candidate’s story to chronicle within your book. When you find one, listen to their narrative and take notes on their history. When you finish, compare your candidate’s story with Researcher 2’s and decide whose candidate your group will focus on.
Researcher 2: You will also search the Personal Testimony Database for a possible candidate’s story to chronicle. When you find one, listen to their narrative and take notes. When you finish, compare your candidate’s story with Researcher 1’s and decide whose candidate your group will focus on.
The Artist: Your job will to be creating all the images within the book. As the Researchers look for a story, create a cover for your biography. Make sure you use color and vivid images. Once your group has selected a prisoner to focus on, review the Researcher’s notes and create images that illustrate the prisoner’s journey during the Holocaust. Your book must have at least 5 images.
The Camp Historian: Your job is to research the conditions of the camp, and take notes on the hardships your prisoner faced. Once you have gathered all the possible hardships prisoners faced, share your list with the Researchers and decide which ones are most relevant to your specific prisoner. Once the Researchers have selected a prisoner, gather the story, illustrations and camp hardships together to write a biography of your candidate and create your book.
Your book must be at least four pages long and include at least five images or illustrations.
**When your group is finished, each of you must type up your one page reflection about what you learned while researching this person, how you felt hearing their experiences and what it would have been like to live within the camp. Once your reflection is complete, turn it in to the Google Classroom assignment page.**
Some of the most impactful stories of the Holocaust come from the children who survived it. Many hid with their families or were lead away to concentration camps, where they were separated from those they loved forever. Listen to some of their stories and try to imagine yourself in a similar situation.
The Lookout: Your job is to learn everything you can about the existing ghetto. What is the layout like? How many SS guards surround it? What restrictions are there on Jewish movement in and out, or troop movement around the perimeter?
The Planner: Your job is to start drawing out the blueprint of your ghetto. Work with the Lookout to determine the best way to get in and out of the ghetto for supplies or escape. Look for strategic spots to place arms and fighters in the uprising.
The General: Your job is write out a plan of attack. Who will keep the civilians safe? Who will have weapons? Who will challenge the SS? Write out a plan that addresses all aspects of the resistance movement within the battle.
The Personnel Manager: Your job is to understand who lives in the ghetto and what they do during the day and night. Make sure you identify the important areas of prayer, living quarters, and areas where children may be present. It is important to know these areas to prevent civilian casualties. Once you have identified these areas, work with the Planner to identify these areas on the blueprint.
**When your assignment is complete, please type up a one-page reflection about what it would have been like to live as a part of the Jewish resistance or to live within the Ghetto. Would you have risen up against the Nazis? What skills would you have contributed to the resistance? When you are finished, turn it in to the Google Classroom assignment page.**
The Builder: Your job is to decide what your house looks like. You need to create a blueprint for your family’s home. It must include: your family’s living quarters, some way to conceal the hidden Jews (a roll away bookcase, a hidden doorway, etc.), the living space and sleeping spaces for the hidden Jews and any escape avenues for when Germans raid the compound.
The Worry Wart: You are extremely worried about taking in these Jewish people. Your job is to research what will happen to you if you get caught. You need to know the laws and punishments regarding assisting Jews. Make a list of ways you could be caught and punished to present to your family as you try to persuade them not to harbor fugitives.
The Motivator: Your job is to research people who have successfully hidden Jews from the German raids. You need to find one example and write a profile to present to your family as motivation in times of fear. Make sure you include information about how this person evaded discovery, how many people they were hiding, what they did when Nazi raids occurred, why they felt motivated to rescue Jews and a picture of this person.
The Planner: While your guests are with you, they will need things to do. Your job is to plan a schedule of activities from breakfast to bedtime that can be done quietly so as to avoid detection.
Now you must all work together to create a presentation that includes each element you completed. Your poster needs to include the blueprint of your home, the list of negative consequences or ways to be caught, the profile of a success story and the activity schedule.
**When your presentation is complete, each of you must write a one-page reflection on what it would have been like to really hide Jews within your home. Which role would you have played within your family? Would you have been the worry wart? Would you have been the person convincing your family? When your reflection is complete, turn it in to the Google Classroom assignment page.**
The story of Anne Frank is one of the most widely read Holocaust stories of all time. Her story opened the door for the public to discover the stories of hundreds of other similar hiding narratives.
Another well-known story from this time period is the rescue of children who were placed on "Schindler's list." This video is a brief overview of that story.