Study of the exhibition subject: The period, the events, and the phases of their development can be mastered through activities at the exhibition. Prior knowledge is not necessary; familiarity with and understanding of the subject are achieved through learning activities.
The activity suggestions are offered on two levels. The first group is composed of activities entailing study of the posters for a general impression. It is recommended that two activities be selected from this group.
The second group of activities encourages deeper understanding of the subjects of the posters, elaborates on the themes of the exhibition, and explores the dilemmas that the survivors faced as they rebuilt their lives. At this stage, the use of additional study material such as eyewitness testimony, maps, and definitions of concepts is recommended.
Group A: Getting to Know the Exhibition
The suggested activities in this group are appropriate for junior-high and high-school students.
- Walk around the exhibition, observe the photographs on the posters, and select the poster that, in your opinion, best illustrates the title of the exhibition “Return to Life.” Explain your choice.
- Walk around the exhibition, observe the photographs on the posters, and select two posters that contrast with one another. Choose titles for these two posters. Explain your choice.
- Walk around the exhibition and locate the posters that include quotations from the survivors. Choose one of them and answer the following questions: a. At whom are the quoted remarks aimed and what is their message? b. Who is speaking? What do you know about him or her? c. Why do you think this quotation is included in the poster?
- The posters are arranged in chronological order and classified by subject. Each subject represents a stage in the Holocaust survivors’ return to life. Walk around the exhibition, observe the photographs and the accompanying texts, and make a list of the subjects. Alongside each subject, note the numbers of the relevant posters.
- Zvi Kadushin, who survived the horrors of the Holocaust, recorded people, places, events, and atmosphere in the Kovno ghetto and the first days in the UP camps after liberation, using a simple Leica camera that he had concealed from the Germans. One of those photographs is on display in the exhibition.
Walk around the exhibition, find Kadushin’s photograph, and answer the questions:
- Where was the picture taken?
- What moment was Kadushin commemorating?
- Kadushin himself is one of the survivors. How does this contribute to the authenticity of the picture?