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Learn about psychologist Stanley Milgram’s experiments on obedience and the insight they offer into the motives of Nazi perpetrators.
Learn about how Alexis de Tocqueville, author of Democracy in America (1835), viewed democracy, freedom, and religion.
Introduce students to the four brothers whose partisan unit saved Jewish lives from the forests of Belarus.
Sara Fortis recollects how the partisans addressed one another and the significance of her title captain.
Get insight into how the Jewish Enlightenment affected Jewish women in this memoir excerpt from Pauline Wengeroff.
Explore three stories of choices people made during World War II and consider their complexities, their impact, and what they can teach about human behavior.
Consider how Christian churches confronted their legacy of antisemitism in the years following the Holocaust.
Read a Jewish partisan’s account of how his unit gained the trust and respect of the local population while resisting the Germans.
Read the chapter of the bible describing Moses' first encounter with God.
Read personal reflections on retaining faith after the Holocaust from Jewish scholars and writers.
Read about the experiences of a Jewish partisan fighting against the Germans in Poland during World War II.
Zora Neale Hurston describes her sense of identity and experience being a black woman in this 1928 essay.