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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.
Examine the nature of judgment, forgiveness, and justice, and learn about the challenges of deciding an adequate response to the crimes of the Holocaust.
Review some of the profound legacies of the Holocaust and World War II and consider how these histories continue to influence our lives today.
Consider the dilemmas faced by world leaders as Nazi Germany began taking aggressive action against neighboring countries and individuals in the late 1930s.
Confront the history of the Holocaust, and reflect on the human behavior revealed in the choices of perpetrators, bystanders, resisters, and rescuers.
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.
Consider the factors that made it possible for the Nazis to transform Germany into a dictatorship during their first year in power.
Explore the efforts to build a democracy in Germany in the 1920s, and examine the misunderstandings, myths, and fears that often undercut those efforts.
Discover how societies throughout history have defined membership based on ideas about human similarities and differences, such as race, religion, and nation.
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.
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.