Web Activity - Polish Victims of the Holocaust

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Web Activity - Polish Victims of the Holocaust

Web Activity - Polish Victims of the Holocaust

Poles

During World War II Poland suffered greatly because of five years of German occupation. Nazi ideology viewed "Poles" - the predominantly Roman Catholic ethnic majority -as "subhuman" occupying lands vital to Germany. As part of the policy to destroy the Polish resistance, the Germans killed many of the nation’s political, religious, and intellectual leaders. They also kidnapped children judged racially suitable for adoption by Germans and confined Poles in dozens of prisons and concentration and forced labor camps, where many perished.

A. Why was the ethnic division of Poland important to the Germans?
Poles - Victims of the Nazi, 1933-1945

Poles Brochure - U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

B. Discuss the A-B Aktion Extraordinary Pacification Operation also known as the terror against the Intelligentsia.

Poles Brochure - U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

C. What was the Fount of Life or Lebensborn program?
Children - Teacher's Guide to the Holocaust Scroll down to Lebensborn

D. Include a map and list of the concentration camps and death camps in Poland and several photos that depict camp life.

Concentration Camps - 1942-1945

List of Major Nazi Concentration Camps - Jewish Virtual Library

Concentration and Death Camps Chart - About.com
http://history1900s.about.com/library/holocaust/blchart.htm  
 
 
Auschwitz - Birkenau Memorial and Museum - History
http://en.auschwitz.org/h/
 
E. Investigate the experience of Polish people who were persecuted during the Holocaust. Go to, "And I still see their face", images of Polish Jews during the Holocaust. Select several accounts and pictures and analyze the life their lives during the Nazi period.

And I Still See their Faces: Images of Polish Jews - Museum of Tolerance

F. Discuss the living conditions inside the Concentration camps and daily camp routine life for Poles.
Poles - Victims of the Nazi Era, 1933-1945

G. Discuss the Anti-Polish measures taken by the Nazis from 1939-1945.
Poles - Victims of the Nazi Era, 1933-1945

H. Discuss the life of Zygfryd Baginski
The True Story of Number 1067: Zygfryd Baginski - Polish Catholic

I. Investigate the experiences of Polish people who were persecuted during the Holocaust.
Poles - Victims of the Nazi Era, 1933-1945

Who Were the Five Million Non-Jewish Victims?

J. Discuss the life of Joseph Wardzala
Kidnaped and Deported - One Polish Man's Story from the Holocaust

K. Include a map of Poland in 1933 and a map of the German Invasion of Poland in 1939.
Polish Victims - U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum


Created July 2001 by Cheryl T. Naslund, Library-Media Specialist at Union Endicott High School Library Media Center. Last updated November 10, 2016. Your comments and suggestions are encouraged.
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