The Search

Lesson material about the Holocaust and the Second World War
  • Antisemitism
  • Holocaust
  • Second World War

In the comic The Search, the students read about Esther, a Jewish girl, and learn about the major events that took place during the persecution of the Jews. In the process, they learn more about the roles of the victim, the perpetrator, the helper, and the bystander.

120 minuten
Consists of
Consists of
Comic book, Manual, Digital lesson, Video, Timeline

Comic based on eyewitness accounts

The story is built around historical pictures, eyewitness accounts, and biographies. The characters in the story are fictitious, but their experiences are loosely based on the accounts of eyewitnesses. The comic presents history on a human scale, which will help students empathise with the main characters.

The Search is the sequel to our previous educational comic, A Family Secret.

The story of Esther

Esther, who is Jewish, has survived the Second World War, but her parents have been murdered at Auschwitz. That is all Esther knows. But then, her grandson Daniel locates Bob, who used to live next-door to the family. Bob was in Auschwitz with Esther’s parents and stayed with her father to the end. Esther is profoundly shocked by his story. She tells her friend Helena how she never stopped missing her parents. And how she has all but forgotten their faces. But then, Helena remembers something.

Structure of the lesson material

The online lesson contains the following elements:

  1. Film clip
  2. Timeline
  3. Esther’s story
  4. Bob’s fight
  5. True story 
  6. Barend’s help
  7. They witnessed the whole thing
  8. Who would do such a thing?
  9. Remembering 

    Reading the comic and doing the assignments will take approximately two hours.

“What did Abel Herzberg mean when he said: ‘There were not six million Jews murdered; there was one murder, six million times’? To my surprise, a student answered: ‘That the Nazis had six million chances to stop what they were doing.’”
David Knibbe, teacher at Metis Montessori Lyceum, Amsterdam

Discussions with your students

Try involving the surroundings of the school in the discussion about the persecution of the Jews. What monuments can be found nearby? When are remembrance events held there? Are there any buildings or places nearby that refer to the Second World War or the persecution of the Jews? Are there any local stories you could tell about this period? Or do students commemorate another war or conflict? What matters to them?
Take the different backgrounds of your students into account when moderating the discussion.