Teaching Trunks

Traveling Education Trunks
Trunks are available to middle and high school teachers for use in their classrooms, made possible by a generous grant from the Equity Foundation’s Portland 100 Fund. The completed trunks are Kindertransport, A Name on the Wall, Safe Haven – The Dominican Republic and Rescuers. We also have a trunk designed for a literature class containing books written by local survivors called, In their Own Words.  Each trunk features one or more stories from survivors who live in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

OREGON HOLOCAUST RESOURCE CENTER

RESERVE A HOLOCAUST TEACHING TRUNK FOR YOUR CLASS!

Teacher’s Guide included and available for a 3-week checkout.

A  NAME ON THE WALL:  THE MAX VIELGUT STORY

In this trunk, students learn about the life of Max Vielgut, a man who died in a concentration camp just before liberation.  His niece was kind enough to supply family letters so that students could experience the actual thoughts of a man who could not escape from Nazi forces. The “text” is divided into two portions.  As the student read, they are asked to respond to questions in the right hand margin. They should also be encouraged to write down any other personal responses or thoughts they have as they read.

SAFE HAVENS: THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

This trunk will introduce students to the concept of what it means to be in a “safe haven”. During World War Two, very few countries opened their doors to Jews that were fleeing Europe. Sousa, a primitive village in the Dominican Republic was far from paradise, but it was home to hundreds of Jews. They immigrated there because no one else would have them.  Students will learn what it was like to make this transition from war to safety.

KINDERTRANSPORT:  Find out who organized and successfully implemented the  plan to allow 10,000 Jewish children from Germany and Austria to flee to England in 1939 as the Nazi Government expanded its campaign of terror against the Jews.  Learn about 13-year-old Rose, now a local Portland resident, whose life was changed forever when her parents arranged for her transport to England.  Explore questions and ideas about why some people are willing to come to the aid of strangers while others don’t become involved.

RESCUERS:  Irene Opdyke, a young Catholic woman of Poland, had no idea at the age of 18 that she would soon risk her life to become a rescuer of Jewish slave-laborers in Nazi-occupied Poland.  What characteristics did she and other rescuers have that motivated them to assist others while putting their own lives in jeopardy?  Learn about Irene’s life, the war in Poland and examine the differences between rescuers, perpetrators and bystanders.

TO RESERVE A TEACHING TRUNK FOR YOUR CLASSROOM, CONTACT

US AT 503-245-2733 OR info @ ohrconline.org

We do ask for a credit card to replace any lost of damaged trunk items, however the trunk itself is available free of charge to teachers in Oregon and SW Washington. At this time, trunks can not be shipped and must be picked up at the Center.

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