5 Ws of the Holocaust
Updated: 2/25/2021
5 Ws of the Holocaust
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The Boy on the Wooden Box by Leon Leyson

The Boy on the Wooden Box by Leon Leyson

Teacher Guide by Lauren Ayube

Leon Leyson was just shy of ten years old when the Germans invaded Krakow, Poland, where he lived with his parents, 3 brothers, and sister. For Leon and his family, 1939 was the start of several years of misery, starvation, torment, inconceivable inhumanity, and loss. The Boy on the Wooden Box is an incredible and important memoir of a boy who survived the most horrific time in world history because of one man, an unlikely hero, Oskar Schindler.
Once by Morris Gleitzman

Once by Morris Gleitzman

Teacher Guide by Lauren Ayube

Felix is a ten year old boy who lives in a Catholic orphanage in 1942. His parents, who are book lovers and book store owners, have sent him there for protection. When Felix flees the orphanage in an attempt to find his parents, he endures a great deal of hardship, but also meets some truly caring and wonderful people. Once, which is written from the first person point of view of a child, is heartbreaking, raw, honest, and beautifully written. The first of a series of three books, Once is the perfect book to teach young children about the truths and the horrors of the Holocaust.


The Boy on the Wooden Box

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5 Ws of the Holocaust: Who, What, When, Where, and Why

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  • Why did the Holocaust occur?
  • Who was targeted during the Holocaust?
  • What was the Holocaust?
  • Adolf Hitler, the leader of the Nazi party, believed that the best race was the Aryan race. He wanted to rid Europe of all people who were not a part of the "master race".
  • Anyone who was not Aryan was targeted, such as the Romani, handicapped, political prisoners, and Jewish people. Hitler and his followers believed that the Jews were to blame for World War I and the financial strain that followed in Germany.
  • The Holocaust was the systemic persecution and murder of approximately six million Jews by the Nazi regime, led by Adolf Hitler.
  • When was the Holocaust?
  • 1933-1945
  • 5 Ws: The Holocaust
  • Where did the Holocaust occur?
  • The Holocaust technically becan when Hitler became Chancellor of Germany in 1933. It ended when World War II was over, in May of 1945.
  • The Holocaust took place all over Europe in over 20 German-occupied countries such as Poland, Hungary, Romania, Austria, and Czechoslovakia. The most well known concentration camps and extermination camps, such as Auschwitz and Belzec, were located in Poland.