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Teaching the Rise of the Nazis in Germany

Why did Germans in the early 20th century turn away from democracy and embrace facism and antisemitism? What can this teach us about democracy today? This event is in-person.

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New York, NY

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Single Session

Our single professional learning sessions are designed to easily fit into your day. Typically one hour or less, these sessions explore timely and relevant topics including teaching strategies, current events, and more.

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This professional learning event will be led by Facing History staff. When you register, you will receive instructions for how to attend the event.

This event qualifies for CTLE (New York).

Participants will eligible for up to 6 CTLE hours

History Social Studies
Democracy & Civic Engagement Genocide Propaganda The Holocaust

In today's world, questions of how best to build and maintain democratic societies that are pluralistic, open, and resilient to violence are more relevant than ever. Studying how German citizens during the Weimar Republic and the years after turned away from democracy and embraced fascism and antisemitism allows students to wrestle with profound moral questions. It also fosters their skills in ethical reasoning, critical thinking, empathy, and civic engagement - all of which are critical for sustaining democracy today. This one-day workshop introduces teachers to the resources and teaching strategies in Facing History’s key resource Holocaust and Human Behavior.

In this in-person workshop, teachers will:

  • Learn current scholarship on the history of the collapse of democracy in Germany, the rise of the Nazis, and the steps that led to world war and genocide; and learn new research focused on human behavior, group dynamics, and bias.
  • Increase their ability to facilitate respectful classroom discussions on difficult issues such as racism, antisemitism, and other forms of exclusion in a way that invites personal reflection and critical analysis.
  • Learn a new way of structuring curriculum to help students connect history to their own lives and the choices they make.
  • Engage with the classroom-ready multimedia resources.
  • Discover new teaching strategies that help students interrogate text, think critically, and discuss controversial issues respectfully.

This event will occur in-person at the New York Historical Society.
170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024

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