5.7: The Holocaust & The Third Reich's Campaign to Reclaim German Greatness
The Holocaust is one of the great atrocities of human history, but was only a component of Adolf Hitler's world view. Words simply cannot describe what was done to ethnic European Jews, political dissenters, the disabled, the mentally ill; anything deemed degenerate in the territories conquered by Hitler’s Third Reich. The Holocaust emerged from the belief that one could engineer a culture, history, art, and people; "The Master Race" as the Nazi's called it. To the left is one of the actually charts created to identify who could marry, whom, and what classified as a "German Person" based on German/Jewish descent.
People, culture, visual art, music, theater, and books were all destroyed as a result of The Holocaust.
XP=4 Objectives: 1.Examine the origins of the holocaust for racial and ethnic prejudice. 2.Evaluate the affect The Holocaust has had on our global society.
Questions: 1.What reasons did the Nazis give for their anti-Semitic ideas? How do the Nuremberg laws reflect these beliefs? 2.What impact did Kristallnacht have on the psyche of the Jewish community? 3.What was the Nazi's final solution to the "Jewish problem"? Why did people not resist? 4.After reading the account of Hermann Friedrich Graebe, what did he find most disturbing about the event he witnessed? Why do you believe that to be most disturbing? 5.Survivors and descendants of The Holocaust have chosen the phrase, "Never Forget, Never Again," as their motto. Why do you believe they've chosen this, rather than others?