Night by Elie Wiesel
Teaching the Holocaust while reading a Holocaust-related novel can be challenging; there is so much information to be shared, but you don't want to the topic to become overwhelming, distant, or unreal to students. Analyzing photographs from the time period, assigning students the identity of a Holocaust victim, and a mini-lesson on nutrition are all ways to help students make personal connections with the Holocaust.
This is a highly enlightening series. If you only watch one documentary, watch this one. "What greater purpose can history have than to try and lead people toward a possible understanding of how this crime could ever have happened? Without an understanding of how it happened, you can't begin to look around the world and think why it might happen again."
Emmi G.,16, diagnosed as schizophrenic, fell victim to the Euthanasia Program, Germany's first mass murder program, one of many eugenic measures to restore German racial "integrity" by killing those with disabilities. At first only infants and toddlers were killed, but the program eventually included juveniles up to 17. At least 5,000 German children perished in the "euthanasia" program. Emmi was sterilized and later killed with an overdose of tranquilizers on December 7, 1942.