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Holocaust and Human Behavior

Use the new edition of our core case study to learn and teach about the Holocaust and the profound moral questions this history raises for all of us.

Regardless of where you choose to begin in the table of contents below, keep in mind that we have carefully sequenced these resources to offer a continuous reading and learning experience that builds as the book progresses. Important themes and concepts are introduced early and then built upon and reinforced in later readings and videos.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
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Chapter 1
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The Individual and Society

How does our society shape the way we define ourselves and others? Explore some of the dilemmas people experience when others perceive them differently than they define themselves.

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Chapter 2
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We and They

Discover how societies throughout history have defined membership based on ideas about human similarities and differences, such as race, religion, and nation.

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Chapter 3
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World War: Choices and Consequences

Investigate how World War I heightened divisions between “we” and “they” among people and nations and left behind fertile ground for Nazi Germany in the following decades.

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Chapter 4
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The Weimar Republic: The Fragility of Democracy

Explore the efforts to build a democracy in Germany in the 1920s, and examine the misunderstandings, myths, and fears that often undercut those efforts.

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Chapter 5
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The National Socialist Revolution

Consider the factors that made it possible for the Nazis to transform Germany into a dictatorship during their first year in power.

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Chapter 6
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Conformity and Consent in the National Community

Investigate factors that influenced Germans in the 1930s to conform, if not consent, to the Nazi vision for society, and learn about the consequences for those excluded from that vision.

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Chapter 7
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Open Aggression and World Responses

Consider the dilemmas faced by world leaders as Nazi Germany began taking aggressive action against neighboring countries and individuals in the late 1930s.

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Chapter 8
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A War for Race and Space

Explore Germany's efforts to impose a new order on Europe based on Nazi racial ideology during the first two years of World War II.

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Chapter 9
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The Holocaust

Confront the history of the Holocaust, and reflect on the human behavior revealed in the choices of perpetrators, bystanders, resisters, and rescuers.

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Chapter 10
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Judgment and Justice

Examine the nature of judgment, forgiveness, and justice, and learn about the challenges of deciding an adequate response to the crimes of the Holocaust.

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Chapter 11
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Legacy and Memory

Review some of the profound legacies of the Holocaust and World War II and consider how these histories continue to influence our lives today.

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Chapter 12
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Choosing to Participate

Learn about people who have taken action to make the world a more just and compassionate place, and consider the ways we can participate as caring citizens of the world.

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