Have students explore this page of the website or pre-assign Reading: The Life That Was. Explain to students that they are going to examine pre-Second World War photographs belonging to Jews who lived in Germany and Austria.

In pairs or small groups, students examine the photographs in Dossier: The Life That Was and respond to the following questions:

•    When do you think these photographs were taken? What do you see in the pictures that might reveal when they were taken?

•    What do the photographs reveal about the people depicted?

•    How do these photos compare to your own family and school photographs? How are they similar and how are they different?

•    How do the photographs relate to what you learned in your reading about prewar Jewish life in Germany and Austria? What do they convey about the prewar Jewish communities of Germany and Austria?

•    What questions do these photographs raise?
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