- How was Terezín a typical Nazi ghetto and how was it unique?
- How did the Nazis use Terezín as a propaganda tool to achieve their goals?
- What is the significance of the International Red Cross visit to Terezín?
Students will examine the characteristics of Terezín and the International Red Cross’ visit there in order to develop an understanding of how the Nazis used it as a propaganda tool to deceive the world about their treatment of Jewish prisoners and the larger effort to murder all the Jews of Europe.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH9-10.2: Determine central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.
Module 2 (Social Studies II) aligns well with the following subjects/themes:
- Social Studies or History:
- Teaching about Nazi ghettos to express the complexity of the Nazi ghetto/concentration camp system
- Propaganda during the Holocaust
- The history of the Red Cross
- Government/Social Studies: Teaching about propaganda in current or past events
- English Language Arts:
- Reading memoirs or novels with themes of resistance
- Reading memoirs or novels that reference Terezín
Social Studies II is designed for teachers and students working at an intermediate level. It is most suitable in the context of a full unit on the Holocaust or a semester-length elective.
If your students are new to studying the Holocaust, we highly recommend beginning with Social Studies I and using the pre-teaching resources provided. Social Studies I can work as a companion to Social Studies II.
Additional recommended pre-teaching resources:
For propaganda in historical or contemporary context:
- Teaching Materials on Propaganda (USHMM)
For the role of ghettos within the Holocaust:
- The Ghettos (Echoes and Reflections)
For the role of Terezin:
- Terezín: A Site of Deception (Facing History and Ourselves)
For definitions of Holocaust terms, please visit Echoes and Reflections Audio Glossary
For a complete list of resources related to Defiant Requiem, please visit the Resources page.