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“Children in the Ghetto” website

From the Lookstein listserv:

“Children in the Ghetto”

Towards January 27th, the international Holocaust Remembrance Day, we invite you to visit a new site: A website about children, written for children.

“Children in the Ghetto” portrays life during the Holocaust from the viewpoint of children who lived in the ghetto, while attempting to make the complex experience of life in the ghetto as accessible as possible to today’s children.

At the center of this site is an imaginary representation of a street in the ghetto. The site invites children to “move around the street” and
“enter” various locations in it. In each of the locations, original exhibits such as video testimonies, photographs, paintings, artifacts etc.
are accompanied by interactive and thought-provoking activities.

The site “Children in the Ghetto” is a result of cooperation between the Snunit Center for the Advancement of Web-Based Learning – a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing online education, established by the Hebrew University and the International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem. The site was made possible with the support of the Claims Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.


Ayelet Gershuni
Project Coordinator
Snunit Center for the Advancement of Web-Based Learning
Hebrew University of Jerusalem

At first, I will admit, I wondered why we need another Holocaust website. This one is really good for younger kids, though. The other interesting feature is that it’s in English and German, so I’m guessing that the hope is that German children will be using it. My only complaint, from a navigation perspective, is that when you mouse over a selection in the street, it doesn’t tell you what it is (which is a pretty common navigation tool). But, at first glance, the content seems nicely done and child-appropriate. I could see using this with 5th and 6th graders. Let me know if you use it and what the results are.


January 24, 2008 - Posted by | Websites

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