Coming to America and Freedom
Grades: 3 - 5

Video Description: New January 2023! George Spooner talks about how he and his parents were able to leave England and come to the United States.

Type of Video: Segment*
Unique Video ID: DHolocaust-43**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • Emma Lazarus, an American Jew, wrote a poem with the phrase now inscribed on a tablet on the Statue of Liberty, “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.” Have your students write a poem that would describe the feelings George and his family had upon seeing Lady Liberty.
  • There are many Holocaust survivor videos on the Educate.Today website. Use the keyword “Holocaust” for videos to use as prompts for think pair share activities, jigsaws, small group discussions, journaling, and dramatic play. Their stories are also available for individual study, research projects or National History Day projects.


To learn more about George Spooner’s and Ben Fainer’s experiences, check out the full program this segment is edited from: Survivor Stories of the Holocaust 2011. (Unique ID: Holocaust-25)

*Segment videos are short excerpts edited from interviews or interactive programs that offer flexible and differentiated ways to use the rich content included in the full-length conversation.

**The unique Video ID can be used to quickly locate a single video in the ET collection. This search function is designed to let teachers assign students to watch a specific video and have only that video appear as a search result. Just click on Search and choose “By Video ID.” Then type in the Video ID as it appears above. Be sure to include the dash.