Interview questions for High school Students who may have NOT yet heard Nina
Jeremy Garsha, (5/5/03), used in interviews on May 14, 2003
I am a History Major working with a Professor at UCSB. We are interested in how students learn history and how it becomes meaningful to them, especially the topic of Nazi Germany.
2. Icebreakers that elicit relevant background data:
- Word associations: Tell me what first pops into your mind when you hear- (name some of list- don’t ask any they mention for others)
children and war
Things going slowly? Then:
- What is the first historical event that you remember?
- If you could meet any historical figure, who would it be? Why?
- If you could go back in time, where and what time period would you visit? Why?
- Personal background: What would you say your Religion is (especially Jewish),
Ethnicity (German, Swedish, Italian, Japanese, etc.), Veterans in the family?
- Casey Stuff: What has Mr. Roberts taught you so far. What sticks out the
most (videos, etc.)? What was your project? Tell me about your project. Can
you show me your project. Why did you use ____ imagery.
- Have you covered WWII in any of your other classes? English? What do you
- The Interview:
- Try to think back…When was the first time you heard anything about the
Nazi Germany [Holocaust]? (films, parents, books, school, museums, trips,
- Have you ever visited the LA Museum of Tolerance, the DC Museum, or any
other museum related to the Holocaust? Did you go on a trip to Washington,
D.C.? (IF YES: What was most striking, what do you remember? Did any survivors
of relatives of survivors talk to you?)
- [Do you like to read books on your own? What kind of books do you like
Have you read any books about World War II or Nazi Germany, or the Holocaust
(ex. Diary of Anne Frank; Weisel’s Night or Dawn, Primo Levi, Number the
Stars)? Can you tell me anything specific about the story? Would you recommend
the book to your friends? What was your reaction to the books; how did it
make you feel.
- Do you watch the History Channel, A&E? What kind of shows?
Do you remember/Have you seen any WWII or Holocaust related TV, Movies [Saving
Private Ryan, Schindler’s List, Life is Beautiful?]
- Have you ever heard a witness from a historical event talk about it before
(ex. Veterans in family, etc., Grand parents/parents talk about their childhood
in the Cold War, etc.
Any one talk about Nazi Germany/Holocaust?
IF YES: Describe the Holocaust speaker that you heard: What do you remember
about it, can you describe/talk about it?
IF they heard Nina last year: they should describe as precisely they can,
EVERYTHING that they remember. Start giving prompts if they draw a blank.
Who were they? Where from? Any details really stick out (of hope or horror)?
- The Conclusion:
- What are your plans after graduation?
If college: Where, what will you study. Any desire to take history classes?
What kind of history? Any wish to learn more about the Holocaust/ Nazi Germany?
- Nina: What do you know about her? What do you want to ask her? Any expectations?
- Any questions you want to ask me?
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