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Learn about the Holocaust, remember the survivors and victims, and confront genocide and antisemitism.
What did the Secret Annex look like?  Was it as small and cramped as it seems?  Wander around the furnished spaces and get to know more about Anne’s life in the Secret Annex.
Kindertransport  (link from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum)
How did this secret operation save lives?  How did it originate?  Why did it come to an end?  Read about the Kindertransport operation which brought thousands of Jewish refugee children to Great Britain from 1938-1940.  (accompanies novel My Family for the War) 
Ghettos  (link from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum)
What did the word “ghetto” imply during World War II?  Read about how the creation of ghettos was a key step in the Nazi process of separating, persecuting and ultimately destroying European Jews. (accompanies the novels MIlkweed and Yellow Star)
Jewish Resistance and non Jewish Resistance  (link from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum)
How could the Holocaust happen without people stepping in to try to stop it?  There were many who tried to fight oppression and persecution under Nazi control.  Read about ways in which Jewish and non-Jewish people worked alone and collectively to fight the Nazis. (accompanies Girl in the Blue Coat, Echo, and The Book Thief)
Indoctrinating Youth  (link from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum)
Why would anyone choose to be a part of Hitler’s Youth?  Read how children and teenagers were educated in the Nazi-controlled states, about youth organizations and military service.  (accompanies novels The Boy at the Top of the Mountain, Echo, Soldier X)
Book Burning  (link from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum)
How could the burning of books help win a war?  Find out why books were burned in Nazi-controlled Germany and which works and authors were especially targeted.  (accompanies The Book Thief)
The Murder of the Handicapped   (link from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum)
What happened when someone didn’t fit into Hitler’s “Master Race?”  What if this person had a physical or mental disability?  (accompanies Echo)
Hidden Children:  Quest for Family (link from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum)
What happened to children who went into hiding during the war and survived?  What happened to them if their parents were killed during the War?  (accompanies Girl in the Blue Coat, My Family for the War, Milkweed)
Postwar Refugee Crisis and the Establishment of the State of Israel  (link from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum)
What happened to Jewish survivors and refugees after the war?  Find out what options they had and why many refused repatriation back to their former European countries.  (accompanies various of the historical fiction WWII novels).
How did people like characters Lina Vilkes and Esther Hautzig endure such hardships?  Learn more about living conditions in Soviet Forced Labor Camps during the War. (accompanies Endless Steppe and Between Shades of Gray)
Did the Wilhelm Gustloff really exist?  How come I never heard about it?
Read more about the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff, and how author Ruta Sepetys came to discover it.  (accompanies Salt to the Sea)
What were the roots of conflict between the Soviet Union and Germany?  How did the war begin?  What brought about the turnabout for the Soviets?  (accompanies Soldier X)
Why was the United States so shocked at this surprise attack from Japan?  Revisit the attack on Pearl Harbor and discover events leading up to it along with its aftermath.  (sccompanies Code Talkers and Farewell to Manzanar)
Were the conditions of young Navajo students as awful as was described in the novel Code Talkers?  Discover more about boarding schools and the role of so many brave Navajo Code Talkers during WWII.  (Accompanies book Code Talkers)
Japanese Internment Camps (National Archives)
Why were Japanese Internment Camps established?  How did they impact Japanese-American citizens during and after the war?  (accompanies Farewell to Manzanar and Echo).
Why were so many Japanese-American children forced into relocation camps?  Read about the history and health impact of Japanese children who were forced to relocate to Internment Camps during the War.  (accompanies Farewell to Manzanar and Echo).
Latino Americans role during WWII   (link from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum)
How did many Mexican Americans help during the War efforts?  Were their sacrifices and contributions acknowledged?  (accompanies Echo)
How does the war that ended so many years ago still impact Koreans and their families today?  These conflicts stem back from events during WWII.  Read more to learn how.  (accompanies Year of Impossible Goodbyes).
What roles did African Americans have in the War?  Even under segregation and discrimination in the US military, many persevered and made valuable contributions in the war effort.  Read on to find out how.
What was the goal of Japan during WWII?  How were countries/ islands in the Pacific impacted?  (accompanies novels Code Talkers,Year of Impossible Goodbyes, and Farewell to Manzanar),


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