Auschwitz: The Past is Present

Auschwitz Past is Present Virtual Field Trip

Join Holocaust survivor Paula Lebovics, students, and teachers who traveled to Poland for the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz Commemoration to learn about the importance of remembrance and why the past is ever present today. Our Virtual Experience will enable your students to explore the rich history of Jewish life in Poland before the Holocaust, visit authentic memorial sites, and discuss the consequences of hatred and intolerance.

Classroom Resources

Use the following activities to extend the learning. The pre-activities provide background to prepare your students for the Virtual Experience. The post activities enable your students to consider what they learned and to further discuss and apply the lessons.

Pre-Virtual Experience Activities

Jewish Life: Diversity and Experience

Provides an understanding of Jewish life before the war and background on the meaning of the Holocaust and key events.

Information Quest: Paula Lebovics

Students will connect with Paula Lebovics, who is featured in the Virtual Experience.

Arrival at Auschwitz: Images and Quest

Provides a deeper understanding of the personal experiences of Auschwitz survivors.

Post-Virtual Experience Activities

The Past is Present

Students will reflect on the themes and lessons of the Virtual Experience.

Information Quest: Roman Kent

Students will learn more about the life and spirit of Roman Kent, one of the survivors highlighted in the Virtual Experience.

Inner Strength/
Outward Resistance

Learn about the resistance efforts at Auschwitz and build understanding about resistance in the context of the Holocaust.

About The Partners

USC Shoah Foundation


USC Shoah Foundation - The Institute for Visual History and Education is dedicated to making audio-visual interviews with survivors and other witnesses of the Holocaust and other genocides, a compelling voice for education and action. The Institute's current collection of 55,000 eyewitness testimonies contained within its Visual History Archive preserves history as told by the people who lived it, and lived through it. Housed at the University of Southern California, within the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, the Institute works with partners around the world to advance scholarship and research, to provide resources and online tools for educators, and to disseminate the testimonies for educational purposes. 

Discovery Education


As the global leader in curriculum-aligned digital content for primary and secondary classrooms worldwide, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional learning, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million teachers and over 50 million pupils, Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries around the world. Inspired by the global media company Discovery Inc., Discovery Education partners with local authorities, academy trusts, schools and like-minded organisations to captivate pupils, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customised solutions that increase academic achievement.