Art to teach History - Integrations - Holocaust
- (Lisa -I hope you are reading - Jesse - this is just FYI))
Dear Friends in Art Education,
Art across the curriculum is a topic I am very interested in. A Getty list
member asked for ideas to teach the Holocaust. Please post any ideas you
have done - especially in they were interdisciplinary with social studies -
or language arts.
Here is a lesson I did that is adaptable:
Link to my lesson that used Segal's Holocaust:
I have one project online that is from that focus. Social Issues - scroll
down. We looked at all of Segal's art as memorial. Students created a
sculpture then that dealt with a concern they had.
My unit changed to Heroes to work interdisciplinary with social studies.
Students had to write a report about an important person - someone who made
a difference in the world. Students who made sculptures with me also did
searches in my class for material and images for their reports.
Here are some resources I will list to any lesson idea you submit:
Holocaust and Resistance - from Edsitement
Holocaust Lesson Plan: Käthe Kollwitz: Never Again War!
Holocaust Lesson Plan: David Olère
Will need to look up David Olere's work
http://fcit.coedu.usf.edu/holocaust/ (teacher's guide)
http://fcit.coedu.usf.edu/holocaust/arts/arts.htm (The Arts)
Art of Ghetto and camps:
Nazi approved art:
Oh my! Art in Response to the Holocaust:
More Lesson Plans:
Related to the time - stolen art:
Holocaust Lesson plans
http://www.holocaust-trc.org/home.htm (home page)
Art Propaganda and Photographs:
http://www.ettc.net/contest01/ferguson/index.html (Unit plan index)
About.com's links (watch out for Pop-up ads:
Cybrary of Holocaust Education - lots of links:
History of the Holocaust from a Personal Perspective:
Hans Hofman lesson on PBS:
http://www.pbs.org/hanshofmann/index.html (home page)
Berga -Soldiers of Another War -Literature
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/berga/stories/index.html (home page)
Literature: Light from the Yellow Star by Robert O. Fisch
Oh my! lots of links - I haven't checked any of these - some are probably
Many more links for Holocaust...
George Segal (long link- copy and paste the rest):
More (copy and paste rest of URL)
PBS - American Still Life - shorter link to Segal:
Teacher guide to go with Segal's work:
This might be worth a visit- Museum of Tolerance:
Link to the Virtual Museum of Holocaust Art:
Learning about the Holocaust through Art:
Holocaust Education Through Art:
Artwork by Gideon - Holocaust Collection:
National Holocaust museum's website
Save this to file - forward to your social studies teachers. These resources
will not be on the site until there is a lesson to put them on.
Judy Decker - Ohio
Incredible Art Department
I was 14 years old*, growing up in Germany, when I first heard of the
To a degree it shaped my life, vowed that my children would never ask
me: " If you knew, why didn't you do something about it."
Kaethe Kollwitz is one of my favorite Artists, not just her emotion
rendering portraits of people suffering, but also in her biography a
chapter devoted to giving Thanks to her housekeeper, without whom she
felt, she could not have walked the line of being a wife, mother and
She did not leave us artwork about the holocaust, but shows the pain of
people, either by loosing a dear one through war or through bad social
If I would teach Art and talk about the holocaust, I would have children
draw mountains of shoes, glasses, suitcases, clothes, hair..
* When I grew up , postwar Germany, b.1944, I knew there was a bad war,
for part of my hometowns 12 th century Gothic building has been bombed,
the border to East Germany,was 2 miles from my house and many children
had no fathers, they had died during the war.NOBODY talked about Hitler
or Jews. I did not hear the word Jew, until I was shown a reportage by
Huntley and Brinkley in school, for our history stopped abruptly in