On the morning of September 1, 1939, 13-year-old Oskar recalls the sounds of German bombers flying low over the rooftops, releasing destruction on Kraków’s railway station and buildings throughout the city. This was the beginning of the “war whose effects would be felt throughout the world for many decades to come.”
Welcome to Hope Chest
Hope Chest is a curriculum and complete set of teaching resources designed to immerse students in Holocaust survivor Oskar Knoblauch’s memoir, A Boy’s Story, A Man’s Memory: Surviving the Holocaust 1933–1945. This emotional coming-of-age story recounts Oskar and his family’s struggle to escape the Nazis’ rise to power in Germany by fleeing to Poland, only to be subjugated to the Kraków ghetto and forced labor camps. Oskar’s story of survival and relevant themes of hope, respect, and giving 110% will inspire and connect directly to students’ lives while supporting academic standards, Holocaust education, and social and emotional learning competencies.
Curriculum connections: English language arts, history, social sciences, social and emotional learning competencies
Chapters are grouped into themed sections, each with engaging lesson plans that include journal prompts, arts activities, and chapter questions. Students will be captivated when the Hope Chest—an authentic World War II-era trunk—arrives in the classroom! Open to find a treasure trove of materials, including a class set of A Boy’s Story, A Man’s Memory: Surviving the Holocaust 1933–1945, replica WWII-era maps, artifacts, and workbook journals for students to keep! The experience concludes with the presentation of personalized certificates achievement that students will sign and to commit to being upstanders and receive their “keys” to success.
- (1) Teacher’s Guide
- (35) copies of A Boy’s Story, A Man’s Memory: Surviving the Holocaust 1933–1945
- Class set of Student Journals (students will keep)
- (1) flash drive of lesson materials (2) WWII era replica maps
- (1) 1937 German pfennig
- (1) 1942 German stamp
- (1) wooden-soled shoe handmade by Oskar Knoblauch
- (1) one hand-embroidered replica Star of David armband
- (10) antique clay marble
- (1) paper airplane made by Oskar Knoblauch
- Class set replica vintage keys (students will keep)
- Class set of white gloves
- Folder containing 33 enlarged images, artifact information sheets, Socratic Seminar instructions, and rubric.
- Inventory & condition report
Cost: Free to reserve for eight weeks with pick-up and drop-off at Scottsdale Arts. Delivery is available for a fee.
Kits are available for the following intervals:
- August 4 – October 6, 2023
- October 16 – December 22, 2023
- January 8 – March 8, 2024
- March 18 – May 23, 2024
For more information or to book Hope Chest, email us at [email protected].
Excerpt from Book
Provided with permission from the author, Oskar Knoblauch
Hope Chest is supported by the Center for Jewish Philanthropy of Greater Phoenix.
In-kind printing support generously provided by APS.