Watch a film (or, if time permits, several) that deals with the Holocaust and the treatment of prisoners and detainees in Nazi concentration camps. (Some suggestions include Sophie's Choice, Schindler's List, Jakob, the Liar, The Grey Zone, The Pianist, and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.) As they watch, ask students to make notes of events that are similar to the experiences detailed in Olga Lengyel's story, as well as elements that seem to contradict her account. After the film, ask students to compare their observations and discuss the similarities and differences between the two pieces.
The students will write a series of diary entries (five or six) from different stages of Olga's imprisonment at the camp. They should use the author's reflections as a guide, but write the entries "in the moment," and try to express the emotions that she experienced at that...
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