In geveb Pedagogy Poll: Khurbn inYiddish Language Classes
In geveb regularly polls teachers about topics related to teaching with/about Yiddish language and culture. This time, we want to know when and how Yiddish language instructors discuss the Holocaust in their courses. Responses will be synthesized and published on In geveb's Pedagogy Section, in a series called "Loyt di lerers."

PLEASE note that you may leave answers blank if you prefer: answer the questions that you find most interesting!
Please describe the Yiddish language course(s) you teach (beginner, intermediate, advanced etc.). Please provide the grade level (high school, undergraduate, graduate, etc.), institutional setting and student make-up (primarily Jewish/non-Jewish; descended from Holocaust survivors; age etc.), as well as any other details you feel would be helpful.
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Do you teach about the khurbn in your Yiddish language courses? If so, at which levels do you discuss it? If not, why not?
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Are there particular moments in your curriculum (or in the calendar) that you feel do or do not lend themselves to the subject of the khurbn?
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Which khurbn literature or documents do you teach? Why these particular texts? (Do you include both fiction and non-fiction texts? Do you teach texts both from the period 1939-1945 as well as those written later reflecting back on the period?)
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Do you teach multi-media materials (film, oral-history survivor testimony etc.) as well? Why those particular materials?
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How do you integrate these texts and multi-media materials into your broader language curriculum? Do you build a separate khurbn-unit or do the materials permeate your curriculum overall?
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Do you draw connections between particular grammatical or linguistic concepts and khurbn sources? If so, please provide examples.
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Do you feel that there are particular terms or vocabularly that you want to teach with regard to the subject of the khurbn?
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To what extent do you teach about Holocaust history (e.g. Warsaw ghetto uprising; Oyneg Shabes; Paper brigade…) in language courses? Do you turn to particular Yiddish-language resources (contemporary or older) to do this (e.g. to introduce khurbn vocabulary)?
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How does your approach to teaching the khurbn in a Yiddish language class differ from teaching the Holocaust in a more general Jewish studies class? (if applicable)
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What do you think are the challenges of teaching the Holocaust in a Yiddish language course and have you developed any particular inclusive teaching strategies surrounding these challenges?
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What strategies or activities do you use for teaching the khurbn in Yiddish? Do you have worksheets, essay questions, or other activities you'd be willing to share with In geveb?
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Do you remember Yiddish language courses that you took as a student in which the khurbn was taught? How do you approach the texts similarly/differently from your teachers?
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Is there anything else you'd like to share that our questions didn't cover?
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What future questions would you like to see on our "loyt di lerers" forum?
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What's your name? (We won't share it without your permission) *
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Can we publish your response? We might summarize or quote directly. *
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