Milton Mayer, an American college professor from Columbia University, wanted to find out how ordinary people initially reacted to Hitler's policies and philosophy. Seven years after the end of World War II, Mayer went to Germany and interviewed a cross-section of men throughout society. One of the interviews with a German college professor is excerpted in this audio recording.
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.
While we know that "race" is a social construct and not a biological fact, "racism" still exists. In this audio reading Lisa Delpit - scholar, author, writer and mother-writes to her daughter about her own experiences with racism growing up in the United States.
In this segment of an interview conducted by Studs Terkel, Eileen Barthe, a government relief case worker during the Great Depression, remembers an experience that caused a recipient of relief to face deep humiliation.