Brainstorm the following questions with your class, either teacher-led or in groups.
What did life look like in Nazi-occupied countries across Western Europe from late 1944 through early 1945? (build on existing knowledge from the Second World War unit on the Nazi advances) How would being occupied affect the lives of the people who lived in those countries?
Framing Question: What was life like in the Netherlands in early 1945? (Hunger Winter, starvation, deportation of Jews, etc.) This can be completed through teacher-led discussion, student readings, video segment, etc.
Have students read 2-3 stories from each of the categories listed below, and complete the worksheet for 1 person from each category. (PDF for worksheet here)
Then, consider the following discussion questions. (In groups or as a class)
Below are some suggested activities connected to the lesson.