New York State Archives, NYSA_A0412-78_B33_F16_Brun
Photograph of Germaine Camille Brun, whose father was killed by the enemy in the third month of World War I. The school children of Malverne helped the French orphan, c. 1917.
When was Germaine’s father killed?
How do you think the school children of Malverne were helping Germaine?
Why do you think this picture was taken of Germaine? Explain your answer.
Do you think she was happy about having her picture taken? Explain your answer.
Research French orphanages from WWI and answer the following questions. What was life like in a French orphanage during this time? How many children lived in these orphanages? Do you think life in the orphanage was a good or bad experience for these children?
Art: Draw a picture of how you think Germaine’s orphanage may have looked.
Math: If it cost six dollars a day to support a French orphan, how much did one orphan cost the orphanage for one year? How much did it cost to support 250 orphans for one year?
English Language Arts: Write a fictional entry from Germaine’s journal. Remember to include information about her life at the orphanage and what her life might have been like before the orphanage.
Tucker, Spencer and Priscilla Mary Roberts. Encyclopedia of World War I: A Political Social and Military History. ABC-CLIO, 2005.