An educational graphic novel with lesson material about the occupation of The Netherlands for pupils aged 13-16. What choices and dilemmas were people confronted with during the occupation? How did they react to the occupation? What about the resistance, collaboration, adapting to different situations and human rights?

A Family Secret

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Jeroen learns from his grandmother about what happened during the occupation during World War Two, and she tells him about a long-held family secret. When Jeroen attends a Dutch Memorial Day ceremony on May 4 he makes an amazing discovery…

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Lesson plan 1

Pupils explore the motives, choices and experiences of people during the war.

1. Choose a drawing and ask your pupils to color it in
There is extra information for teachers with each drawing. Choose a drawing which suits the information you want to discuss with your pupils.

2. Ask your pupils what they notice about the drawing and the text
This is about detail. Following on from their comments you can give additional background information.

Lesson plan 2

Eyewitness accounts bring history closer.

1. Ask your pupils to read the eyewitness accounts

2. Ask your pupils to characterize the eyewitness accounts in one word or one sentence.
Why did they choose this particular word or sentence? Discuss the differences between the word and sentences.

3. Discuss eyewitness accounts as sources.

Use the following sentences

You can use the following questions:

  • Do you think the eye witness accounts are interesting? Why (not)? 
  • What insights have you formed by reading the eye witness accounts?
  • Are these eye witness accounts reliable sources of information about Word War Two? Give a reason for and  reason against.
  • Tip

    Allow your class to discuss these. Make four groups. Ask each group to discuss one of the eye witness accounts. See the eye witness accounts below. (Secondary school level)