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Middle School Holocaust Audience Essay

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The Holocaust, one of the worst genocides in history, a time that every person should know and understand, the mass murder of Jews over 5 years of pain and suffering. The best way to teach this in my opinion is with the Elie Wiesel interview Death Camp Auschwitz and to show it when middle schoolers are young, but old enough to have an idea of what happened from 1939 to 1945, but the middle schoolers can't watch this without losing important information not given in the video. So there is a reason why the middle schoolers should see this over reading books and online stories, and how they will keep wanting to listen to what else is missing from the picture. But there will be some forms of information lost when the middle schoolers watch this over the books and such. So what gives this interview video an advantage over books.

The interview gives middle schoolers the story behind World War Two, the holocaust, without being a boring documentary where the ...view middle of the document...

What's in the video that will keep the middle schoolers wanting to continue watching the interview? First off, one of the main reasons is that the video gives an audio and video explanation so it's easy to understand. Second, the information given is easy to understand and follow so middle schoolers will be able to keep up with the output of information. Third, the interview gives an depressing sadness that makes you want to watch and listen in depth about Elie's life during the time he was in the death camp. For example when Oprah and Elie are walking through the museum and observe all the empty suitcases from the Jews that came to Auschwitz, and the thought of what was in the cases and what did the nazis do with them. So that is what keeps people wanting to watch and listen, but everything has a down side.

There are also some downsides to just watching a video, however, this is because the video only explains the life of one person in one location. This is opposed to the rest of what unfolded over time during the holocaust or the war. So the middle schoolers will have an idea of what only one person went through and what the Germans were doing behind the scenes of the genocide. What the middle schoolers are missing out on, is what happened over the rest of Europe, what Jews were doing to survive or how the Germans were rounding the Jews into the cattle cars and sent to the death camps, that is what you would get out of reading a book or online museum. So yes the middle schoolers are getting some background information, but their missing a fairly good portion.

Overall, the interview is the best choice for teaching middle schoolers what things were like in the life of a Jew inside a Auschwitz. It gives a interesting and sad story on what Elie went through during his time at Auschwitz, will give the middle schoolers a interest in watching it. The way the interview was setup and told, will give the middle schoolers a sense of wanting to continue watching. But there is also the drawback of not being able to receive a wide range of information. Middle schoolers won't have, too hard a time understanding and using the information in the video, so this would be the best pick for a holocaust project of any kind.

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