The Camera Of My Family
Four generations of a German Jewish family are brought to life with material dating from 1845-1945. This award winning film is one of the best teaching tools available across grade levels. When Catherine Hanf Noren finds a collection of family photographs that reveals her "secret past," she begins her quest for knowledge about her relatives and herself. Her discoveries about their lives in Germany before the war and their fate during the Nazi years represent the fate of all European Jewry during the Holocaust. Though gentle in its approach, it easily leads to discussions about the attitudes of German Jews, their sense of national identity, their intense patriotism, and their inability to grasp what was happening. I have found this to be particularly effective in high school. (6th grade+). B/W & Color. (20 min)
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