History KS3 / GCSE: Heinz's Story - Kristallnacht and escape to Britain

Holocaust survivor Heinz Skyte talks about living in Fuerth near Nuremberg as a young boy before the Second World War and witnessing the changes during the Nazi takeover of his home city.

Whilst Heinz was at college in Hamburg, his parents were arrested during Kristallnacht, in November 1938 when a Pogrom (co-ordinated riot) against Jews and their property occurred across Germany.

He witnessed the Jewish community buildings being set on fire around him and was ordered by his parents not to return home that day. The experience lead Heinz to join his brother in Leeds.

He discusses the irony of being an 'enemy alien' in Britain, finding himself more motivated to fight the Nazis than the British and yet unable to do so.

PLEASE NOTE: This short film contains disturbing scenes. Teacher review is recommended prior to use in class.

Teacher Notes

Using a variety of sources, students could produce a 60 second news announcement of the Kindertransport, answering the question: Why did the British government allow Jewish children from Germany to come to Britain?

This resource is ideal for preparing students for Holocaust Memorial Day.

Curriculum Notes

This topic appears in history at KS3 and KS4 / GCSE in AQA, OCR A, OCR B, EDEXCEL, EDUQAS and WJEC GCSE in England and Wales,and CCEA GCSE in Northern Ireland.

It is also on the curriculum for 2nd, 3rd and 4th Level, National 4 and 5, and Higher in Scotland. It also appears in PSHE and PDE at KS3 and KS4.

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