Primary Sources are original documents, images, artwork, or
artifacts created during the time period you are studying. Primary
Sources give us greater understanding of historical events because
they are original, first-hand accounts given by people living during
the time period. A diary written by a teen during the Holocaust is a
Primary Source because it is the actual words written by a young
person experiencing that time period, capturing and preserving
fragments of that horrifying event. (An example of a Secondary Source
is a scholarly book written by someone who has studied diaries
written during the Holocaust). Primary Sources bring history to life!
Diary of Klaus Langer, age 14, from Germany
Diary of Peter Feigl, age 13 , from France
Diary of Anonymous, a teen girl from Poland
Diary of Yitskhok Rudashevski, age 15, from Lithuania
Diaries written by teens during the Holocaust ~ Firsthand accounts and Primary Sources that give us greater insight.
Example of one of the Holocaust Diary forms to fill out from your online research and readings from the diary
1. Add the word Holocaust or diary to a Google search with your person’s name.
2. Always look at the domain name or URL of a website before clicking on it.
3. Go ahead and get background information from Wikipedia!
Readings from the Diaries
For follow-up discussion:
How do these primary sources, diaries of young people living during
the Holocaust, give us more insight into this tragic event in history?