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Professional Development Workshop: Theresienstadt Lesson Plans

For High School

A Project of The Defiant Requiem Foundation & the Leo Baeck Institute

On November 5, 2023, LBI held a workshop with eight educators who presented drafts of their ready-to-use lessons plans devoted to Theresienstadt based on materials from LBI collections. The teachers, all experienced Holocaust educators from across the US, based their lesson plans on materials from LBI collections and the LBI exhibit: Last Stop Before the Last Stop: Theresienstadt, 1941–1945. The lesson plans are designed to engage high school students in critical readings of primary sources to illuminate the themes of propaganda, childhood, transit, and resistance.

The teachers presented their final lesson plans during a virtual Professional Development Workshop on Monday, January 29, 2024, attended by over 100 teachers.

This initiative was a partnership with Defiant Requiem Foundation, an organization that uses the story of cultural life in the Theresienstadt Ghetto to illuminate the role of art and music in resistance and response to contemporary challenges.

All lesson plans are available for download.

DRF Participants
Participants of the November 5, 2023 teacher workshop.

Participating Educators

Jessica McAuliffe & Victoria Kessler

Lisa Bauman & Kim Klett

Sean D. Gaston & Jennifer L. Goss

Colleen Tambuscio & Sonya Bertini