Wearing a Jewish Star and Losing Friends
Grades: 6 - 12

Video Description: New December 2022! Holocaust survivor Ela Weissberger talks about having to wear the yellow star and how friends turned away from her because of it.

Type of Video: Segment*
Unique Video ID: Holocaust-38**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • Have your students brainstorm the reasons Jews were forced to wear the yellow stars and then share their thoughts. Did anyone think of dehumanizing, as a reason?
  • There are many Holocaust survivor videos on the Educate.Today website. Use a keyword search for Holocaust. These may be used 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 Ela Weissberger, check out the full program this segment is edited from: A Conversation with Ela Weissberger. (Holocaust-2)


*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.