In January 2022 the Jewish Museum of Greece, funded by the US Embassy in Athens, started the research and creation of three distinct educational products and relevant training material on the topic “Women and the Holocaust”. Each digital lesson plan has been categorized according to three separate subtopics: Auschwitz, Resistance and Women in Hiding, which are based on the testimonies and personal stories of four Greek Holocaust survivors (Zanet Nachmia, Lisa Pinhas, Simha Bati, Sara Yeshua-Forti) and one Hungarian-American (Olga Lengyel). Additional sources, such as maps, photographic and audiovisual material, original documents and secondary academic sources were used in order to enrich and facilitate the educational process.
These series of digital lesson plans have been uploaded on the JMG new online learning platform (eclass), funded by the General Secretariat for Religion of the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs in fully open access form, available for free to all educators. The target audience for these lesson plans are lyceum students, 15 to 18 years of age.
Thanks to these lesson plans, aspects depicting the bitter struggle women specifically were forced to wage during the Holocaust are highlighted. JMG strongly believes that these women’s compelling stories will not only create many valuable educational opportunities, but will also bring to the fore Holocaust gender issues which have not yet been adequately dealt with in Greece, let alone in the classroom. We hope that these lesson plans will significantly contribute to Holocaust education, which constitutes the cornerstone of human rights education.
The JMG decided to dedicate this lesson plans series to the commemoration of the anniversary of the first transports to the death camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau and Treblinka, which took place exactly 80 years ago today.
© Jewish Museum of Greece, Athens, March 2023
With the support of the US Embassy in Athens