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Saving Children from the Nazis

The Holocaust is one of the 20th century’s most horrific crimes against humanity. Included in its history are stories of survival and those who became rescuers. Telling a children’s story about the Holocaust is challenging, given the subject matter, but a recently released book focuses on two inspiring stories. The first is of Nicholas Winton, a British banker who led an organization that saved Czech children from the Nazis, and the second is of Vera Gissing, a Czech girl who was among the children he saved. Listen to learn about this powerful story and the lives of two extraordinary people.


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Story Length: 4:49

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Listening Comprehension Questions

  • In what ways did Andrew Carnegie’s libraries serve their communities?
  • How did Carnegie benefit from a library when he was growing up?
  • Which personality traits helped propel Carnegie from poverty to riches? Bring specific details from the story to support your ideas.
  • According to Carnegie, what should rich people do with their money and why? Why was Carnegie known as both generous and “brutal”?

Discussion Themes

  • In your opinion, what should really rich people do with their fortunes?
  • What does it take for a person to rise from “rags to riches”?

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