Children’s Genocide Diaries – Bitton-Jackson and Zlata’s Diaries

Rebecca Marcum Parker
Phillips Elementary
Kansas City, Missouri

Grade Level
7th-8th grade

Language Arts

Time Needed
2-4 class periods

This lesson is designed to enhance the student’s understanding of the diaries of Livia Bitton-Jackson who lived through the Holocaust and Zlata Filipovic, who lived during the Bosnian Genocide in Sarajevo. Students will read, analyze, and compare/ contrast excerpts from the diaries and create a public service announcement on children’s experiences in genocide.

This lesson could be used as a conclusion activity for a unit on the Holocaust to make connections between the Holocaust and other genocides.

Teacher Instructions
Excerpts from Livia Bitton-Jackson’s Diary
Excerpts from Zlata’s Diary

Pedagogical note from the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education: We encourage all educators to be familiar with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Guidelines for Teaching the Holocaust. When teaching this unit, please remember the guideline which tells us to avoid comparisons of suffering and pain. This includes both individuals and groups.

This teaching unit was designed by a member of the Isak Federman Holocaust Teaching Cadre.

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