Auschwitz-Birkenau: Mapping Activity

Created by Jessica Rockhold. Revised by Laura Patton 12-2023.
Midwest Center for Holocaust Education

Grade Level
7th-12th grade

Social Studies
Language Arts/Reading

Time Needed
1-2 class period(s)

Many students understand and internalize information more efficiently when they are able to visualize the history they are studying. The Nazis used very precise methods for processing people through or into their death camps. This exercise utilizes primary sources and maps to orient students to the process of arrival and selection at Auschwitz-Birkenau, adding location, direction and movement to the written testimony.

Teacher Instructions
Map of Auschwitz-Birkenau
Auschwitz Album Photographs for Students
Auschwitz Album Photographs – Notes for Teachers
Auschwitz Album Teacher Notes in PDF format

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