Students examine the steps the Nazis took to replace democracy with dictatorship and draw conclusions about the values and institutions that make democracy possible.
Students consider the choices and reasoning of individual Germans who stayed quiet or spoke up during the first few years of Nazi rule.
Students investigate the messages in Adolf Hitler's speeches by performing a close read of the transcript of his first radio address as chancellor.
Students are introduced to the Nazis’ idea of a “national community” and examine how the Nazis used the Nuremberg Laws to define who belonged.
Students analyze a variety of firsthand accounts of Kristallnacht in order to piece together a story of what happened on that night.
Students learn about the experiences of people in Nazi Germany through a variety of firsthand accounts and identify the range of choices that they faced.
Read a letter exchange between Adolf Hitler and President Paul von Hindenburg regarding a law that suspended Jews from positions of civil service in Nazi Germany (Spanish available).
Learn about the Nazis’ job creation program during their first year in power, which pursued both reemployment and military rearmament.
British Prime Minister David Lloyd George describes his admiration for Hitler's leadership in a 1936 newspaper article.
Gain insight into a growing wariness of Hitler in the mid-1930s through a German police report and a letter from a US diplomat.
Gain insight into the devastating poverty, unemployment, and hopelessness experienced by Germans during the Great Depression.
Consider how two government employees in Nazi Germany chose to respond to the 1933 Civil Service Law, which suspended employment to Jews and others.