Name: Gayle Dill
Names of Members in Partnership: Janice Baker, Elizabeth Ptaszek
School/City: Lewis F. Mayer Middle School, Fairview Park, OH
Workshop Location: Kent Fashion Museum, Kent, OH
Grade Level: Grade 8
Curriculum/Subject Area: Language Arts, Social Studies
Ohio Academic Content Standards:
English/Language Arts Gr. 8
1. Identify the author's purpose and intended audience for the text.
2. Analyze an author's argument, perspective or viewpoint and explain the
development of key points.
3. Compare and contrast the treatment, scope and organization of ideas from
different sources on the same topic.
Social Studies Gr. 8
1. Describe and explain the social, economic and political effects of: a) stereotyping and
prejudice; b) racism and discrimination; c) institutionalized racism and institutionalized
Library Guidelines Gr. 8
1. Conduct research and follow a research process model that includes the
following: develop essential question; identify resources; select, use and
analyze information; synthesize and generate a product; and evaluate both
process and product.
Specific Topic With Explanation: Holocaust Survivor Literature – Numerous true-life
accounts of Holocaust survival are provided in various formats along with fictional
literature and poetry.
Dewey Call Number(s): 811, 940, Fiction, Biography
Subject Headings: Holocaust Survivors
Holocaust Survivors, Fiction
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
Description of Pathfinder: 8th grade students study the events that led up to WWII in
their history class and read The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank in language arts.
This pathfinder provides resources of Holocaust survivor stories for the teachers to
extend the unit to help students understand what happened to those that survived the
Museum Web Sites for Teachers:
Teaching About the Holocaust Online Workshop – Holocaust teaching guidelines, list of
topics, survivor testimony of Nesse Godin, sample lessons, and Teaching about the
Holocaust: A Resource Book for Educators available through video, print, photos and
Bibliography of resources about and by Elie Wiesel – for those teachers using the book
Night with their classes.
Museum Web Sites for Students:
Life After the Holocaust: Stories of Holocaust Survivors After the War – Six survivors
share their experiences. Available in video or written transcripts.
Holocaust Personal Histories – Listen to survivors share their experiences in interviews
about various aspects of the Holocaust. Available in video or written transcripts.
Open Hearts, Closed Doors – Read survivor stories of Jewish orphans that went to
Canada after the Holocaust. http://www.virtualmuseum.ca/Exhibitions/orphans/english/
Silent Witness: The Story of Lola Rein and Her Dress – This survivor shares her story of
hiding alone in a hole in the ground for 7 months, wearing a dress made by her mother.
Adler, David A. One Yellow Daffodil: A Hanukkah Story. San Diego: Voyager, 1999. -
A Holocaust survivor shares Hanukkah with a loving family that gives him the courage to
Bat-Ami, Miriam. Two Suns in the Sky. Chicago: Cricket Books, 1999. – In 1944, a
New York teenager, Christine, meets and falls in love with Adam, a Yugoslavian Jew
living in a refugee camp, despite their parents' objections.
Cormier, Robert. Tunes for Bears to Dance To. New York: Delacorte, 1992. - Henry
escapes his family's problems by watching the wood carving of Mr. Levine, an elderly
Holocaust survivor, but when Henry is manipulated into betraying his friend he comes to
know true evil.
Moskin, Marietta. I Am Rosemarie. New York: Dell Publishing Company, 1987. – A first
person novel about a girl with experiences similar to Anne Frank, except that Rosemarie
Roy, Jennifer. Yellow Star. Tarrytown, NY: Marshall Cavendish, 2006. – The
fictionalized story of the author’s Aunt Sophie who, as a child, lived through the
Holocaust in Poland.
Wilson, Nancy Hope. Flapjack Waltzes. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1998. - A
developing friendship with an elderly holocaust survivor helps ease a twelve-year-old
girl's pain following the death of her teenage brother in a tragic automobile accident.
Vander Zee, Ruth. Erika's Story. Mankato, MN: Creative Editions, 2003. – Using
picture book format, a woman recalls how she was thrown from a train headed for a Nazi
death camp in 1944 and raised by someone who risked her own life to save the baby's.
Voigt, Cynthia. David and Jonathan. New York: Scholastic, 1992. - Jonathan's cousin
David, a victim of the Holocaust, comes to live with David's family causing Jonathan and
David’s friendship to change.
Ayer, Eleanor H. Parallel Journeys. New York: Aladdin Paperbacks, 2000. – The story
of 2 teens caught in Hitler’s Germany, one, a Jew fleeing for her life and the other, a boy
caught up in Hitler’s army.
Kahn, Leora and Rachel Hager, eds. When They Came to Take My Father. New York:
Arcade Publications, 1996. – A collection of fifty concise testimonials from Holocaust
survivors illustrated with black and white photos.
Leapman, Michael. Witnesses to War: Eight True-Life Stories of Nazi Persecution. New
York: Viking, 1998. – Stories of eight children who suffered through the Holocaust.
Lobel, Anita. No Pretty Pictures: A Child of War. New York: Avon Books, 2000. – A
picture book illustrator describes her life as a Polish Jew during the Holocaust and life in
Sweden after the war.
Perl, Lila and Lazan, Marion. Four Perfect Pebbles: A Holocaust Story. New York:
Greenwillow Books, 1996. – The story of Marion’s family trying to survive the
Rochman, Hazel and McKampbell, Darlene Z. Bearing Witness: Stories of the
Holocaust. New York: Orchard Books, 1995. - An anthology of writings by
Samuels, Diane. Kindertransport. New York: Penguin Books, 1995. – The story,
written as a play, of one of the 10,000 children sent by their parents to Britain from Nazi
Germany to start a new life
Korwin, Yala. To Tell the Story: Poems of the Holocaust. New York: Holocaust Library,
1987. - This collection of poems draws upon survivor Yala Korwin's own experiences.
Philip, Neil, ed. War and the Pity of War. New York: Clarion Books, 1998. - An
illustrated collection of poems, including several about the Holocaust.
Schiff, Hilda, ed. Holocaust Poetry. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1995. – A collection
of poetry by survivors and others.
Bitton-Jackson. I Have Lived a Thousand Years: Growing Up in the Holocaust. New
York: Scholastic, 1997. - The author describes her experiences during World War II
when she and her family were sent to the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz.
Isaacson, Judith Magyar. Seed of Sarah: Memoirs of a Survivor. Urbana: University of
Illinois Press, 1991. – The author shares her experiences before, during and after the
Reiss, Johanna. The Upstairs Room. New York: HarperCollins, 1990. – Reiss tells the
story of the years she spent hiding with her sister in the farmhouse of a Dutch family who
Spiegelman, Art. Maus: A Survivor's Tale. New York: Pantheon Books, 1986. – A
memoir of Vladek Spiegleman told in cartoon format.
Toll, Nelly S. Behind the Secret Window: A Memoir of a Hidden Childhood. New York:
Dial Books, 1993. – This memoir is told through a child’s perspective and tells of Toll’s
eighteen months in hiding with her mother.
Wiesel, Elie. Night. New York: Bantam, 1982. – A true account of the author's
experiences as a Jewish boy with his family in a Nazi concentration camp.
INFOhio Electronic Resources:
"Children of the Holocaust." Junior Scholastic 26 Mar. 2007. Middle Search Plus.
EBSCO. 28 May 2007 <http://search.ebscohost.com/>. - Nazi concentration camps are
described by two survivors.
Eisenberg, Daniel. "Henry & Luba Eisenberg." Teen Ink Dec. 2006. Middle Search Plus.
EBSCO. 28 May 2007 <http://search.ebscohost.com/>. - The author relates the story of
his grandparents who were Jews during the Nazi occupation of Poland.
Additional Web Sites:
A Teacher’s Guide to the Holocaust – QuickTime movie clips of 10 survivor’s stories.
Children of the Holocaust – Three stories of survivors as they experienced the Holocaust
when they were children. http://www.adl.org/children_holocaust/children_main1.asp
Elie Wiesel Foundation – Biography of Elie Wiesel, author of Night.
Holocaust Survivors – Choose from 6 stories to read or listen to.
Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive – Interviews with 90 survivors,
most in audio as well as written format.
Set of 30 Identification Cards – Each card describes one person’s experiences before,
during and after the Holocaust. (600 ID cards have been created – many of them
survivors.) Order a free set from the USHMM web site or download ID cards at