Life Stories from the Holocaust: Bringing Oral History into the Digital Classroom

Gail Gradowski
Jill Goodman Gould


This paper focuses on one of our current upper-division writing courses, Visual Media and Holocaust Narrative, which we have just finished teaching for the second time. We will explain our pedagogy in using oral history testimonies and digital stories to teach students about the Holocaust because we think it is an effective way to bring young students closer to the tragic event that is receding in history - to bring them closer through affective, emotional engagement with the powerful life stories of survivors. We also believe that a high level of learning is taking place and that the students' work reflects a deeper than usual level of understanding and an integration of various kinds of learning.