Schedule a School Visit with James M Deem
I have talked about Auschwitz to thousands of middle school and high school students both in the United States and Europe, including France, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, and Switzerland. My presentation is based on my five trips to Auschwitz over the last seven years. I can also add information to my presentation about any of the major concentration camps (Buchenwald, Sachsenhausen, Mauthausen, Dachau, and Neuengamme, for example) to give students a broader background about the subject. I have visited all of these camps and many more as I conducted my research.
In my presentation on Auschwitz, I introduce students to the subject of the Holocaust. Then I briefly discuss the years leading up to World War II in Germany and the origination of the Nazi concentration camps. I describe how Auschwitz was created and explain its quick transformation from a holding camp to a death camp. I outline the various groups of prisoners who were incarcerated and murdered there.
Throughout my presentation, I read primary source passages from my book to illustrate what the camp was like. I conclude by discussing the final days of Auschwitz, the fate of the prisoners alive when the camp was evacuated, the war crime trials of its Nazi guards and commandant, and its present state as a museum.
My PowerPoint presentation includes many images that I took when I visited Auschwitz to research my book. This presentation is suitable for students aged 12 and up who are studying the Holocaust.
For information about booking a visit, please contact James M. Deem.