8th Grade: Kelsey’s Update

Dear Parents,

The concepts reviewed in this month’s lessons were:

  • -Where evidence of Jewish resistance during the Holocaust comes from and why it is not often found in visual sources.
  • -What spiritual resistance is and how the Jews of the Holocaust practiced it.
  • -How ghetto revolts were planned and executed, and their tragic results.
  • -The role of Jewish partisans and partisan fighters in general in weakening the German armies of occupation.

During the couple weeks of class that were in December, the focus was on the resistance.  There were some documented cases of physical resistance, but a lot of resistance came in the form of spiritual resistance.  Students took turns reading about ghetto revolts, ghetto uprisings, partisans, and resistance in the camps. They took part in great discussions to further understand what they were reading and what it actually meant.

On a lighter note, students will be wrapping up the month by participating in a Hanukkah party before they are on winter break!  

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

Thank you!

Kelsey Toetschinger