Highlands Ranch High School - Mr. Sedivy
- Advanced Placement European
Holocaust - The Trial of Adolf Hitler
This activity is intended to allow students to explore first hand the Holocaust that occurred in Europe from 1939-1945 and to determine the level of personal responsibility Adolf Hitler bears for the systematic murder of more than 6 million people.
introduce students to the basic facts of the Holocaust.
allow students to explore the primary sources, documents and other sources of information relevant to Nazi Germany and the Holocaust during World War II.
develop student research skills and skills relating to the interpretation, analysis and use of primary and secondary source documents.
provide students the opportunity to role play characters in a trial setting to determine Hitler's personal responsibility for the Holocaust.
In addition, because this assignment is intended to both educate students about the Holocaust and enhance their research and analytical skills a wide variety of materials may be used including documents, video material, photographs etc. available to them through their school media center and other sources. (Please see additional handouts for basic material needs and ideas.).
World War I and the terms of the Versailles Treaty
the inter-war years and Germany's failed Weimar Republic
the origins and basic political and racial philosophy of National Socialism
general background on anti-Semitism in the context of European history
appeal of Nazism within the historical context of Germany
Hitler and Nazism's rise to power in and during the 1930s
significant political/racial policies and events leading up to 1939
introductory information about World War II and the Holocaust
Students will be making a detailed study and presentation on the myriad events, issues and opinions regrading the implementation of the "Final Solution of the Jewish question" and resulting Holocaust during World War II.
General instructions will be distributed to and reviewed with the class. Special instructions for members of each team will also be handed out (i.e. judges, attorneys, witnesses). The teams should then establish more specific roles for all students to assume and research (i.e. nationality of justices, character / roles of witnesses, role of prosecutors / defense attorneys, etc.).
Bullock, Alan. Hitler: A Study in Tyranny. Harper and Rowe. 1971. (An extremely complete and informative biography of Adolf Hitler, Bullock examines the early life and political career of the most infamous dictator of the twentieth century. Special attention is given to the evolution of Hitler's political and racial philosophies and psychological make-up of the man who led Germany and the world into the most destructive war in human history.)
Gilbert, Martin. The Holocaust: A History of the Jews of Europe During the Second World War. Henry Holt and Co. 1985. (Martin Gilbert has written a definitive history of the Holocaust that occurred in Europe between the years 1933 and 1945. Calling on sources from German documents to personal accounts of participants and survivors, he chronicles the development of the persecution and extermination of European Jewery. though difficult to read, this book offers perhaps the most complete history of the attempted destruction of an entire people.)
Sher, Linda. South Carolina Voices: Lessons from the Holocaust. South Carolina Department of Education. 1992. (Linda Sher draws on a wealth of information to provide a comprehensive view and valuable lessons on the Nazi attempt to exterminate Europe's Jewish population during the 1930s and 1940s. Using a wide variety of personal accounts of active participants and Jewish survivors, Sher creates effective lessons that will help students develop a sense of the enormous tragedy that was the Holocaust.)
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