Centre for Holocaust Education

The Gumprich and Voos families

German Jews and the Holocaust

Teaching about pre-war life is essential if students are to begin to grasp the impact of the genocide on contemporary Europe. It is equally crucial to restore agency to those who would later become victims of the Holocaust, whilst ensuring students’ understand there was nothing inevitable about the genocide.

Using rare home movie footage taken by a family from Munster, Germany, students engage with some of the challenges faced by German-Jewish families in the months before the Second World War. Students are also introduced to some approaches towards Holocaust memorialisation, and encouraged to reflect on the efficacy of these.

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About this resource

  • Reflects on middle-class Jewish life in Germany prior to the war
  • Recognises and explores the different experiences of two families
  • Encourages thinking about the international situation regarding Jewish refugees in the late 1930s
  • Explore ways in which the Holocaust is remembered

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