First-Person Narrative of Life As a Young Jew During World War II
A journal written in Poland during World War II describes the details of the life of a Jewish girl, Renia Spiegel, from age 15 to 18, as the war unfolded. Nearly 700 pages, Spiegel’s journal, which spans the years 1939 to the summer of 1942, presents a powerful insight into the life of a young woman whose life was tragically cut short shy of her eighteenth birthday. Spiegel’s journal—with English translated excerpts published in Smithsonian Online—offers a contrast to the writing of Anne Frank who recounts the war and her final days hiding in an attic.
Can your students recognize the sound of an 8mm film projector or the cadence of a rotary phone’s clicks? Conserve the Sound is an online museum that aims to protect the sounds of gadgets so that future generations will know what a dial telephone sounded like, for example, or an analog typewriter, 56K modem, nuclear power plant, or even a cellphone keypad.
The Global OnenessProject has created an Empathy Collection of 15 stories and lessonplans to foster empathy in the classroom. Through the multimedia stories, students meet individuals from different backgrounds and visit communities in different geographic locations facing challenging global issues.
Women @ NASA features short films that explore the careers and backgrounds of career women who work for NASA in each of the STEM areas.The website includes a collection of 64 videos and essays from women across the agency who contribute to NASA’s mission in many different ways.