Students will study 17 letters from For the Last Time and Forever. Written during the Holocaust between 1941 and 1944, these letters provide accounts of terrible living conditions, despair, and resignation in the face of events. They also highlight the complex history of the Holocaust and the diversity of shattered fates. This activity a five-step critical analysis of primary sources.

Designed for: Secondary, History, Literature, Ethics and Religious Culture

Letter from Paula to her husband for his birthday, Offenbach am Main (Germany), July 11, 1943.
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Letter from Paula to her husband for his birthday, Offenbach am Main (Germany), July 11, 1943.

Letter from Willy Deutz, State Police jail, Darmstadt, Germany, April 6, 1943.
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Letter from Willy Deutz, State Police jail, Darmstadt, Germany, April 6, 1943.

Letter sent from the Ukraine, on September 19, 1941. Language: Russian
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Letter sent from the Ukraine, on September 19, 1941. Language: Russian

Postcard sent from the Warsaw ghetto (Poland) to Moscow (Russia) on May 30, 1941. Language: Polish.
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Postcard sent from the Warsaw ghetto (Poland) to Moscow (Russia) on May 30, 1941. Language: Polish.

Postcard sent from the Warsaw ghetto (Poland) to Moscow (Russia) on May 30, 1941. Language: Polish.
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Postcard sent from the Warsaw ghetto (Poland) to Moscow (Russia) on May 30, 1941. Language: Polish.

Postcard from Warsaw (Poland) ghetto to Paris (France) sent on May 18, 1942. Language: Polish.
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Postcard from Warsaw (Poland) ghetto to Paris (France) sent on May 18, 1942. Language: Polish.

Postcard from Warsaw (Poland) ghetto to Paris (France) sent on May 18, 1942. Language: Polish.
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Postcard from Warsaw (Poland) ghetto to Paris (France) sent on May 18, 1942. Language: Polish.

Postcard sent from Warsaw ghetto (Poland) to Paris (France) on February 19, 1942. Language: Polish.
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Postcard sent from Warsaw ghetto (Poland) to Paris (France) on February 19, 1942. Language: Polish.

Postcard sent from Warsaw ghetto (Poland) to Paris (France) on February 19, 1942. Language: Polish.
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Postcard sent from Warsaw ghetto (Poland) to Paris (France) on February 19, 1942. Language: Polish.

Letter written by Saul Stein to his father Ben Stein in Montreal (Canada) while serving in the R.C.A.F, Germany, April 30, 1945. Language: English.
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Letter written by Saul Stein to his father Ben Stein in Montreal (Canada) while serving in the R.C.A.F, Germany, April 30, 1945. Language: English.

Letter from a Hungarian mother to her sister-in-law, Hungary, March 26, 1944. Language: Hungarian.
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Letter from a Hungarian mother to her sister-in-law, Hungary, March 26, 1944. Language: Hungarian.

Letter from a Hungarian father to his brother living as a refugee in Italy, Hungary, March 26, 1944. Language: Hungarian.
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Letter from a Hungarian father to his brother living as a refugee in Italy, Hungary, March 26, 1944. Language: Hungarian.

Letter smuggled from the Bund Coordinating Committee in Warsaw ghetto (Poland) to Charles Kotkowski in forced labour camp Piotrkow (Poland), 1943. Language: Polish and English.
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Letter smuggled from the Bund Coordinating Committee in Warsaw ghetto (Poland) to Charles Kotkowski in forced labour camp Piotrkow (Poland), 1943. Language: Polish and English.

Letter from Teddy Liebowitz to Wladek Biberkraut smuggled from Warsaw ghetto (Poland) 1942. Language: Yiddish.
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Letter from Teddy Liebowitz to Wladek Biberkraut smuggled from Warsaw ghetto (Poland) 1942. Language: Yiddish.

Letter written by Gretl and Otto Bondy, September 22, 1943. Language: German.
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Letter written by Gretl and Otto Bondy, September 22, 1943. Language: German.

Letter written by Gretl and Otto Bondy, September 22, 1943. Language: German.
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Letter written by Gretl and Otto Bondy, September 22, 1943. Language: German.

Postcard written by Otto Bondy to his children, Malines transit camp (Belgium), September 20, 1943. Language: German.
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Postcard written by Otto Bondy to his children, Malines transit camp (Belgium), September 20, 1943. Language: German.

Postcard written by Otto Bondy to his children, Malines transit camp (Belgium), September 20, 1943. Language: German.
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Postcard written by Otto Bondy to his children, Malines transit camp (Belgium), September 20, 1943. Language: German.

Last letter sent to Lothar Lewin in the internment camp of Sherbrooke (Canada) from his parents in Berlin (Germany), January 6th 43. Language: German.
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Last letter sent to Lothar Lewin in the internment camp of Sherbrooke (Canada) from his parents in Berlin (Germany), January 6th 43. Language: German.

Letter written by Bella Kaminski from the train deporting her to Auschwitz, date unidentified, Belgium. Language: German.
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Letter written by Bella Kaminski from the train deporting her to Auschwitz, date unidentified, Belgium. Language: German.

Death notice for Willy Deutz, Auschwitz concentration camp (Poland), September 7, 1943. Language: German.
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Death notice for Willy Deutz, Auschwitz concentration camp (Poland), September 7, 1943. Language: German.

Postcard addressed to Paula Deutz, Offenbach am Main (Germany), from husband Willy interned in Birkenau concentration camp (Poland).Language: German.
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Postcard addressed to Paula Deutz, Offenbach am Main (Germany), from husband Willy interned in Birkenau concentration camp (Poland).Language: German.

Postcard addressed to Paula Deutz, Offenbach am Main (Germany), from husband Willy interned in Birkenau concentration camp (Poland).Language: German.
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Postcard addressed to Paula Deutz, Offenbach am Main (Germany), from husband Willy interned in Birkenau concentration camp (Poland).Language: German.