Abstract 12, Volume 9, Number 3, Winter 2014

Irena Sendler and the Children of the Warsaw Ghetto

Written by Susan Goldman Rubin

 

Deborah Morowski

Theresa McCormick

Auburn University

Abstract

 

This lesson uses Irena Sendler and the Children of the Warsaw Ghetto to introduce students to a true story of a Catholic, Polish social worker who saved the lives of thousands of Jewish children during World War II by relocating them.  Students are asked to consider Irena’s actions and her motives.  Students then are introduced to the Kindertransport, a series of rescue missions of Jewish children from Nazi Germany, by reading the stories of children who were involved in the event. To help students understand the relocation of children during World War II was not an isolated incident in history, students examine the Pedro Pan Airlift of 1959-1960 in order to compare and contrast the event to the Kindertransport of World War II.

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