GUIDELINES FOR EDUCATORS
Hidden Pages is an original, educational WebQuest that introduces understudied narratives of the Roma, disabled, homosexual, political, and Jewish victims of Nazism. While the WebQuest is a stand-alone educational experience, it is intended to address the history within the historical novel Train.
Hidden Pages is recommended for people ages 13 and up. The WebQuest is suitable for the general public, students in middle schools and high schools, communities. young people in religious school, and youth centers.
Hidden Pages takes between 20 and 40 minutes to complete. If used as an educational experience alongside the novel Train, we recommend using Hidden Pages AFTER studying the novel (but it can also work before or during the study of the novel).
Hidden Pages is a highly-interactive classroom activity. The WebQuest can be completed as a whole class, or in small groups, or given as a homework assignment to be completed at home with a student's family. The WebQuest can be completed alone, but we recommend learners work with others, to encourage conversations about Holocaust history.
To support deep engagement with historical content, students can reflect on their experiences of completing Hidden Pages through written reports. Students can write about the WebQuest experience as a whole or focus on certain puzzles, elements, or themes from the WebQuest to develop essays, written projects, and focused presentations.
To help complete Hidden Pages, we recommend learners use only credible sources. For example, we recommend the search feature of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Holocaust Encyclopedia.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS, SECTION BY SECTION:
What histories and stories within Hidden Pages are surprising? Which parts of the WebQuest are most compelling and powerful? Why have the narratives within Hidden Pages become marginalized or forgotten altogether? How does the design of some puzzles draw attention to the "hidden" stories of the WebQuest?
Why is it important that we place Holocaust history within the context of broader cultural history? How does the quotation by Heine relate to Holocaust history? The poem contains the line "Papers, buried in the ground" - what questions does this raise for the Hidden Pages experience we are about to begin?
What does the image tell us about Nazi propaganda?
What stands out about Lichtenberg's story? What is surprising about the story?
PARTS 3, 4 & 5
Why are Sophie Scholl and her comrades somewhat unknown by the general public outside of Germany? The members of the resistance can be considered victims of Nazi politicide. Why must we differentiate between politicide and genocide?
Why is the history of the T4 Program often excluded from Holocaust education and commemoration? What does the year of the T4 memorial's unveiling tell us about Holocaust memory? What does Wagemann's story tell us about Holocaust victimhood?
Who are the individuals on this list? If we were to conduct online research about each individual, what should we expect to learn? And if we conduct such research, what do we learn? Why is the list made up only of men? Why was the Nazi camp constructed in this shape?
What does this timeline tell us about Holocaust memory? In what ways does the timeline explain how certain groups became marginalized within Holocaust memory?
PARTS 9 & 10
How does the true story The Hidden Pages of Auschwitz expand and change how we think about Holocaust history and memory?
The following webpages are for educational purposes only
Bernhard Lichtenberg's Story
The Nazis' Persecution of Homosexuals
Robert Wagemann's Story
Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp
The T4 Program
The White Rose
The White Rose Leaflets
The Camp for Roma Prisoners at Auschwitz-Birkenau
Hidden Pages accompanies the novel Train.
Hidden Pages was created by Danny M. Cohen and Dara McGreal.
With our sincere thanks to Amy Braier, Jason Braier, Bernard Cherkasov,
Julia Eksner, Beth Healey, Stacey Mann, and Ellen Rago.
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