History KS3 / GCSE: What were conditions like at Auschwitz?

Dan Snow introduces a report about the brutal conditions faced by people at Auschwitz.1.1 million people were murdered at the death camp, including Jews, Jehovah Witnesses, homosexuals, Soviet prisoners of war, gypsies and Polish political prisoners.

Alice Lok Cahana, a survivor of Auschwitz, describes the loss of her family members.

The report also includes testimony from Oscar Groening, who spoke out about the horrors of the concentration camps to silence people who doubted the events of the Holocaust.

This short film is from the BBC series, World War Two with Dan Snow.

This short film contains scenes which viewers may find upsetting. The films are intended for classroom use but teacher review is recommended prior to watching with your pupils. You know best the limit of your pupils, and BBC Teach does not accept any responsibility for pupil distress.

Teacher Notes

Key Stage 3

This short film could be linked to prior work students will have covered on anti-Semitism.

Why were the minority groups mentioned in the clip persecuted by the Nazis?

What propaganda had the Nazis used to convince people in Germany that these groups were a threat to them and needed to be punished?

Key Stage 4

You could hold a class discussion around the Oscar Groening testimony in this short film.

Is it right that he should have been charged for his role at Auschwitz so long after events there?

Do they feel people like Oscar Groening should have been interviewed for a BBC programme?

Curriculum Notes

This short film will be relevant for teaching KS3 and KS4/GCSE history in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and National 4/5 history in Scotland.

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How did a pregnant woman survive the Holocaust?
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