CLASS DISCUSSION: THINKING ABOUT TESTIMONY

Explain that students will be viewing testimonies of people who were teenagers during the rise of Nazism in Germany and Austria.

As a class, lead a discussion about testimony, using the following questions as prompts:

•    What is an eyewitness?

•    What is a testimony?

•    What forms does testimony take?

•    Why would somebody leave a testimony?

•    What can testimony tell us about a past event that other sources might not? What are the limitations of testimony?

•    Compare the value of testimony, artefacts (such as documents and photographs) and textbooks as sources for understanding the past.
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