January 27, is Holocaust Remembrance Day. So I will feature blogs about the Holocaust during January. I hope that these blogs will give teachers plenty of options for documentaries to show about the Holocaust.
Anne Frank’s Diary is the most famous in the world. Her parents had given her the diary for her birthday. She started to write in it. When her family went into hiding, she took the diary with her. This diary was discovered after the war. When it was published it became a worldwide sensation. It revealed the persecution of the Jews. It also revealed the lengths one family took to hide. Anne became a symbol for all the children that were killed in the Holocaust. When Anne started the diary could not have imagined the legacy she left behind.
The Frank Family lived in Germany. They lived quietly and raised their two daughters Margo and Anne. When Hitler came to power, life for German-Jewish families became hard. Jewish books were burned. They were attacked in the streets. The Jews were forced to wear the yellow star. Eventually, Jewish families were arrested. Once arrested they vanished. Nobody knew where they went. Families fled from Germany and the Frank family chose to move to Holland. Anne and her sister Margot adapted well to life in Holland. She was raised as a Dutch girl. She loved reading. She always got into trouble with her teachers.
Eva Schloss and her family lived in Austria when Hitler took over. Her family fled to Holland too when the Nazis took over. They were lucky to escape. Eva enjoyed Amsterdam. They could be a normal family. It was here that Anne and Eva would meet. Eva was a tomboy while Anne was interested in boys and movie stars. Anne helped Eva learn Dutch. Eva met Anne’s family too.
Many Jewish families thought they found a haven from the Nazis. During World War I, Holland was a neutral country. This meant that the Germans did not invade Holland during the war. World War II was different and Hitler invaded Holland. They were afraid about what was to come. The cycle of persecution began again. They could no longer attend Dutch schools. They had to wear the yellow star. They had yellow benches in the park. Young men were arrested in the streets and started to disappear. There were rumors of the Germans gassing the Jews. Life became hard for the Jewish families. In July 1942, Jewish families received a call-up notice. This call-up notice was a deportation notice for young people. They were going to be sent to Germany to work in the factories.
Margot Frank was one of the young people called up. After the Franks received the call-up notice they went into hiding. The Franks hid together in the annex with a second family. Eva and her family went into hiding as well. However, the Schloss family split up because nobody wanted to take in a whole family. Life in hiding was difficult for both families. Eventually, they would be betrayed.
To find out more about Anne and Eva continue to watch the documentary on YouTube.
This is a fantastic documentary to show in a history class dealing with the Holocaust. It is appropriate for a middle and high school classroom. The story’s pace is well done. Eva Schloss shares her memories of Anne, hiding, Otto Frank, and the aftermath of World War II. She also talks about the diary. She witnessed the rise of the diary as a piece of literature. This documentary would be a good addition to your classroom documentary arsenal.
You can access the YouTube video here.
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