For the “Draw Me the Story of the Jews in the Netherlands during the Holocaust” learning activity, your students will create a historically-based graphic novel.
Through the analysis of personal stories and primary sources, students will discover how Jews were stripped of their rights and freedoms in the Netherlands during the 1940s.
The Jews in the Netherlands during the Holocaust
Photo of the secret underground village of Nunspeet, where many Jews, and Russian or English soldiers hid.
Samuel Schryver and his fiancée Jetty de Leeuw in Amsterdam’s Jewish quarter in 1943. The yellow star is visible on the young man’s suit.
Identity card of Samuel Schryver in Westerbork. The “S” indicates that he was imprisoned for having committed a crime (common law, penal prisoner). Schryver was thus identified because he resisted the authorities.
Work permit for Flora Pfeiffer to work in the punishment blocks, dated December 2, 1943. Jews capable of work had a better chance of staying alive.
Form certifying that Fred Pfeiffer is on the exemption list, dated December 8, 1943. Certain Jews could avoid deportation, if only for a short time, if they were “part” Jewish, had converted to Christianity, or held an important function in society (e.g. Jewish Council, wartime economy).
Sam Schryver posing under the signs that indicate the boundaries of the Jewish quarter. They read “Jewish Canal”, a reference to the geography of Amsterdam, traversed by canals.
Photo of Dutch Jews standing during roll call at Buchenwald concentration camp, February 28, 1941.
Identity card and work permit of Ilse van Collem issued by the Liberal Jewish Congregation on May 26, 1942.
Designed for: First-cycle secondary students in History and Citizenship Education.
Book this activity free of charge using the pre-reservation form. You will receive:
- The teaching guide
- “A Brief History of the Holocaust” Reference Tool
- A DVD containing the following three videos: