The Reading / Listening - Auschwitz - Level 5

A website has come under criticism for selling items with images of Auschwitz - the Nazi concentration camp. The website Redbubble has apologized for selling skirts, pillows and other products with photos of Auschwitz printed on them. The Auschwitz Memorial Museum called the products "disturbing and disrespectful". It questioned the acceptability of selling products like pillows, skirts or bags with the images. It called Auschwitz, "a place of enormous human tragedy where over 1.1 million people were murdered." Redbubble is taking "immediate action to remove" the items.

At least 1.3 million people were sent to Auschwitz in German-occupied Poland during World War II. Over 90 per cent were Jews. The Nazis murdered 1.1 million of the detainees between 1940-45. Poles, Romani, Russian prisoners of war and others also died, mostly in the gas chambers. Others died of starvation, hard labor and disease. Redbubble said it, "takes a strong stance against...the atrocities committed in Nazi concentration camps". A Twitter user wrote: "How very disrespectful to the memories of those murdered by the Nazis and the pain of their families."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Auschwitz - Level 4 or  Auschwitz - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.snopes.com/ap/2019/05/08/auschwitz-museum-protests-camp-photos-on-skirts-and-pillows/
  • https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/shop-selling-disturbing-auschwitz-miniskirts-15013468
  • https://www.thejc.com/news/world/website-removes-auschwitz-themed-skirts-and-cushions-after-outcry-1.483879


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. A website has come under
  2. selling items with
  3. skirts, pillows and other
  4. disturbing and
  5. t questioned the acceptability
  6. a place of enormous human
  7. taking immediate
  8. remove
  1. tragedy
  2. disrespectful
  3. action
  4. products
  5. the items
  6. criticism
  7. images of Auschwitz
  8. of selling products

Paragraph 2

  1. in German-occupied Poland
  2. 1.1 million of
  3. gas
  4. Others died of
  5. Redbubble said it takes
  6. atrocities committed in Nazi
  7. disrespectful to the memories
  8. the pain of their
  1. chambers
  2. of those murdered
  3. a strong stance
  4. families
  5. during World War II
  6. starvation
  7. the detainees
  8. concentration camps

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A website has (1) ___________________ for selling items with images of Auschwitz - the Nazi concentration camp. The website Redbubble has (2) ___________________ skirts, pillows and other products with photos of Auschwitz (3) ___________________. The Auschwitz Memorial Museum called the (4) ___________________ disrespectful". It questioned the acceptability of selling products like pillows, skirts or bags with the images. It called Auschwitz, "a place of (5) ___________________ where over 1.1 million people were murdered." Redbubble is taking "(6) ___________________ remove" the items.

At least 1.3 million people (7) ___________________ Auschwitz in German-occupied Poland during World War II. Over 90 per cent were Jews. The Nazis murdered 1.1 million (8) ___________________ between 1940-45. Poles, Romani, Russian (9) ___________________ and others also died, mostly in the gas chambers. Others died of (10) ___________________ and disease. Redbubble said it, "takes a (11) ___________________...the atrocities committed in Nazi concentration camps". A Twitter user wrote: "How very disrespectful (12) ___________________ of those murdered by the Nazis and the pain of their families."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AwebsitehascomeundercriticismforsellingitemswithimagesofAusch
witz-theNaziconcentrationcamp.ThewebsiteRedbubblehasapolog
izedforsellingskirts,pillowsandotherproductswithphotosofAuschwitz
printedonthem.TheAuschwitzMemorialMuseumcalledtheproducts"d
isturbinganddisrespectful".Itquestionedtheacceptabilityofsellingpr
oductslikepillows,skirtsorbagswiththeimages.ItcalledAuschwitz,"ap
laceofenormoushumantragedywhereover1.1millionpeopleweremur
dered."Redbubbleistaking"immediateactiontoremove"theitems.Atl
east1.3millionpeopleweresenttoAuschwitzinGerman-occupiedPol
andduringWorldWarII.Over90percentwereJews.TheNazismurdered
1.1millionofthedetaineesbetween1940-45.Poles,Romani,Russianp
risonersofwarandothersalsodied,mostlyinthegaschambers.Othersd
iedofstarvation,hardlaboranddisease.Redbubblesaidit,"takesastron
gstanceagainst...theatrocitiescommittedinNaziconcentrationcamps
".ATwitteruserwrote:"Howverydisrespectfultothememoriesofthose
murderedbytheNazisandthepainoftheirfamilies."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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(m) ________________

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Free writing

Write about this topic for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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Answers

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