8th Grade: Kelsey’s Update

Dear Parents,

The focus of this month’s lessons were:

-The two precipitating events of the Holocaust

-A glimpse into the life of the Jews of Germany on the eve of Kristallnacht

-Basic attitudes of the Nazis toward the Jewish people

-The effects of Kristallnacht

Students learned about how the forced separation of Jews from non-Jews, the ghetto, the burning of Jewish books, etc., were all things happening long before the Nazi party rose to power in Germany.  The major events that started the Holocaust was the assassination of Ernst vom Rath, an official of the German embassy in Paris and Kristallnacht, the “Night of Broken Glass.”

Students also started to learn about the Holocaust in an alternative way by watching Schindler’s List.  Schindler’s List progresses through the war showing the different events Jews had to go through along the way.  Already students have been able to compare what they have read in class to what they are watching. For example, Jews being moved out of their houses and into the ghettos.    

Please let me know if you have any questions or comments.

Thank you!

Kelsey Toetschinger