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Exploring Antisemitism and Holocaust Survivor Itka Zygmuntowicz’s Story

“You only have what you give away” Holocaust survivor Itka Zygmuntowicz said. Because of Itka’s gift with language and her perspective as a teenager who survived the Holocaust, her testimony has been an important resource for educators and students. Teaching the human story is one of the most powerful components of impactful Holocaust education. In our new online activities for students, Explore the Past, Shape the Future, we highlight the story of a single survivor, Itka, and take a virtual ‘field trip’ through her hometown of Ciechanow, Poland, to explore early experiences with antisemitism and Nazi terror, to her time in Auschwitz.

This student activity is accessed through USC Shoah Foundation’s IWitness platform, allowing educators to assign activities to students, track progress, and assess learning via provided rubrics. Students are also able to interact and share their learning with teacher and classmates. Prior to attending this webinar, we recommend that you create an IWitness account to enhance your experience during the presentation.
Simple, free IWitness registration can be done here.
Learn more about creating an IWitness group for your students here.


Our webinars are designed to increase participants’ knowledge of Holocaust history, explore and access classroom-ready content, and support instructional practice to promote student learning and understanding of this complex history and its lasting effect on the world.

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