Who is this resource for?
- Stage: 6
- Subject: Modern History
- Curriculum links:
- Stage 6 Preliminary Modern History, Investigating Modern History – The Nature of Modern History
In this resource students explore a site in a small rural town Serniki. Some 3,000 people lived in this secluded village, half of them Orthodox Jews. By the summer of 1942 efforts were being made to declare Polesie Judenfrei (free of Jews).
The Jewish community of Serniki was rounded-up in one day in early September 1942. Altogether, about 850 men, women and children were massacred.
The burial site at Serniki was exhumed by a team of archeologists and police forensics specialists as part of the War Crimes Trial of an Australian citizen Ivan Polyukovich.
In this lesson, students work in groups to analyse many sources that reveal further information about what happened at Serniki.
To download this Lesson Plan, follow the link below.
Image credit: Artefacts from the Serniki Archaeological Site. SJM Collection.