Sociologist Nechama Tec explores the story of one woman, Stefa Dworek - a Polish Christian - and her motivation to shelter a Jewish woman during the Holocaust. If caught rescuing a Jew during this time, Stefa would have faced imprisonment or worse. Yet about 2 percent of the Polish Christian population chose to hide Jews in a nation known for its long history of antisemitism.
Before your students explore the case study, you may want to try one or more of the following short suggested activities that introduce key themes and help develop a common language for discussions about bullying and ostracism.
The Hitler Youth Movement was an essential part of the Nazi Party's ideology and plan for the future. By the start of World War II in 1939, about 90% of "Aryan" children- girls and boys- in Germany belonged to Nazi youth groups. This audio reading explains through the eyes of Erika Mann, a German opposed to the Nazis, how the Hitler Youth groups operated.