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Holocaust and Japanese Internment:


Dig Deep—What was life like for a student during either the WWII Holocaust or the WWII Japanese Internment? What caused the event? (Extension: Compare the lives, reasons, and aftermath of each historical event and the lives you have studied.)

  • Use resources listed here as well as others to help you understand these events in history.
  • Collect information from primary and secondary sources.
  • Be able to tell the difference between primary and secondary sources.
  • Be able to describe the life of a student during this time.
  • Be able to support your idea about why these events happened.


WWII Holocaust


Children During the Holocaust:

http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/article.php?lang=en&ModuleId=10005142   (US Holocaust Memorial Museum)

Hidden Children: http://www.ushmm.org/museum/exhibit/online/hiddenchildren/  (US Holocaust Memorial Museum) Artifacts from (primary sources) and information about (secondary sources) children who were hidden during the Holocaust.


Written and Spoken Primary Sources

Voices from the Lodz Ghetto—The words of children living in a Ghetto(US Holocaust Memorial Museum)

  • If it’s in quotation marks, it’s a primary source—what someone said.
  • If it’s not in quotation marks, it’s a secondary source—what someone wrote about the person







Library Support:

Encyclopedias for background knowledge.

OPAC Key Word Searches:

                    Holocaust—find books history (900s), biography and fiction

                    Nazi—find biographies and fiction

                    Jewish—find culture, history (900s), biography and fiction

Books--Check OPAC. If your library does not have a book, your teacher or librarian may be able to borrow it from another school.

Adler, David. We Remember the Holocaust. NY: Trumpet., 1989.

Chaikin, Miriam. A Nightmare in History: The Holocaust 1933-1945. NY: Clairion, 1987.

Leapman, Michael. Witnesses to War: Eight True-life Stories of Nazi Persecution. NY:  Scholastic, 2000.

Mockizuki, Ken. Passage to Freedom. New York: Lee and Low Books, 1997.

Nieuwsma, Milton. Kinderlager: An Oral History of Young Holocaust Survivors. NY: Scholastic, 1998.

Oppenheim, Joanne. Dear Miss Breed: True Stories of the Japanese American Incarceration  During WWII and a Librarian Who Made a Difference. NY: Scholastic, 2006.



WWII Japanese Internment Camps:

Background Information: http://www.factmonster.com/spot/internment1.html (FactMonster)

Photographic Primary Sources:

Tule Lake Internment Camp: http://www.lib.utah.edu/spc/photo/9066/tule.htm  (J. Willard Marriot Library, U of Utah)

(EXTRA:  collection of photos from Tule Lake. To see them all, click on   BROWSE PHOTOS.)

  • Look at the buildings and schools.

o       http://content.lib.utah.edu/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/Photo_Archives&CISOPTR=7377&CISOBOX=1&REC=1 (Barracks—housing

  • Look at what the internees brought and how little they have.

o       http://content.lib.utah.edu/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/Photo_Archives&CISOPTR=7612&CISOBOX=1&REC=5

  • Notice the fences that kept them in.

o       http://content.lib.utah.edu/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/Photo_Archives&CISOPTR=7517&CISOBOX=1&REC=7

Written Primary Sources

Letters to Miss Evanson from Japanese students who had to leave http://www.lib.washington.edu/exhibits/harmony/exhibit/children.html  (University of Washington Library)

Letter to Miss Willis from high school students who are in camp http://www.lib.washington.edu/exhibits/harmony/exhibit/willis.  (University of Washington Library)

Children of Minidoka in Hunt Idaho: Home page overview & background material. Student essays about lives after Pearl Harbor. (Hint—change page size to 100% for easier reading.)

http://www.lib.washington.edu/exhibits/harmony/aas372/index.html  (University of Washington Library) 

Newspaper: San Francisco News March 1942. http://www.sfmuseum.org/hist8/evac16.html

Library Support:

Encyclopedias for background knowledge.

OPAC keyword search:

                    Japan—Find culture, history, travel/geography, biography, fiction

                    Japanese—Find culture, history, biography, fiction

                    Internment—Find biography, fiction


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