"The Last Jew in Vinnitsa": How Media provides a way to understand Perpetrators/Bystanders/Victims

Posted by Jack Lipinsky on April 7, 2013

Graphic imagery is used in this lesson. Please read the full post before teaching this.

I start by displaying the famous photo called "The Last Jew in Vinnitsa." 

I say, "This was the title given by the Einsatzgrup soldier in whose pocket it was found, scribbled on the back. Vinnitsa is a small town in the Ukraine whose entire Jewish population was wiped out by the Einsatzgruppen mass killing methods in 1941."

This is all I tell my students when displaying this picture. They have already learned about the Einsatzgruppen and read the selection on "Battalion 101" in Holocaust and Human Behaviour Chapter 7 Reading 3 . They have also been taught that there are three groups involved in genocide: perpetrators, bystanders, and victims.

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Topics: History, The Last Jew in Vinnitsa, genocide, Genocide and Crimes Against Humanities Course, Lesson Ideas, reflection

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