Kindertransport Lesson Plan (Secondary)

Produced by: Holocaust Memorial Day Trust



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This lesson plan uses the story of Martha Blend and other Kindertransportees to discuss the Kindertransport program and the lives it affected.

What happened to the Kindertransport children? – This lesson is suitable for 11–14-year-old students. Through testimony, artefacts and memorials it introduces the history of the Kindertransport – a programme that rescued 10,000 children from the Nazis. It is suitable for use in a range of subjects – such as History, Art and Design, English, RE, PSHE, Citizenship.

Produced in partnership with The Harwich Kindertransport Memorial and Learning Trust, and with thanks to the BBC and The Wiener Holocaust Library.

In this lesson, your students will:
-Learn about Kindertransportee Martha Blend and her autograph book
-Hear what happened to arriving children who didn’t have foster families to go to through historic photos and a rare BBC audio recording of the children and young people themselves
-Explore a new memorial currently in construction and hear from the sculptor himself

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