Writing Prompts - Elsa Frank

Prompt 1

Please watch the video of Elsa Frank as she discusses several central ideas. Determine one central idea from the video and write an essay that both summarizes and analyzes how that central idea is developed over the course of the video, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details. Cite strong and thorough evidence from the video to support your analysis.

Prompt 2

Elsa’s best friend, Kada, told her they could no longer be friends because she was Jewish; Kada’s brother was in the Nazi party now and it wasn’t safe. Even when Elsa’s mother died in 1936, Kada dared not speak to her; lifelong neighbors and friends crossed streets to avoid Jews. Elsa found it “unbelievable” because she knew these people so well.  Listen to Tennessee Survivor, Hanna Hamburger’s film and compare and contrast Elsa’s experiences growing up in Nazi Germany to Hanna’s experiences. Be sure to cite specific evidence to support your analysis.