ERIC Number: ED240011
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Teaching the Holocaust through Film.
Michalczyk, John J.
The use of Holocaust-related films and Holocaust survivors as classroom resources is analyzed. The perspective and function of four film genres are outlined as follows. Newsreels, made by the Nazis to chronicle their "progress," provide powerful raw footage of the concentration camp experience. Documentaries, generally made by Allied sources after the fact, use selected newsreel footage to present a particular thesis. Fiction films combine the advantage of a popular medium with the disadvantage of historical inaccuracy. In this category, feature films generally use the Holocaust as a springboard for presenting other ideas, while TV docudramas focus on important moral issues through portrayals of the horrors of the period. Educators are encouraged to consider three issues when choosing Holocaust films: the film's effectiveness in helping students understand the event, artistic value, and suitability for its target audience. Highlights of interviews with Holocaust survivors indicate themes that should be emphasized in classroom study. The use of guest presentations by these survivors as a means of making this period more meaningful to the student is also stressed. The paper includes a list of 161 Holocaust-related films, a copy of a Holocaust survivor's questionnaire, a bibliography, and a list of organizations. (LP)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reference Materials - Bibliographies; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Film Genres; Holocaust; Media Use
Note: Paper presented at the Modern Language Association Meeting (Los Angeles, CA, December, 1982).