Explore Germany's experiment in democracy in the 1920s, a time of creativity and free expression as well as anxiety and fear that ended with the rise of the Nazis.
Students read fictional biographies of German citizens and make hypotheses about the citizens' voting choices in the Weimar elections.
Students examine how choices made by individuals and groups contributed to the rise of the Nazi Party in the 1920s and 1930s.
Gain insight into the devastating poverty, unemployment, and hopelessness experienced by Germans during the Great Depression.
Consider Ernst Toller, Sigmund Freud, and Arnold Schoenberg’s reactions to the growing antisemitism in Germany in the 1920s.
Learn about the pamphlet published by Karl Binding and Alfred Hoche that sparked a national debate about race and eugenics in Germany in the 1920s.
Examine the rights, protections, and democratic aspirations in the constitution of Germany’s newly formed democracy, the Weimar Republic.
Get insight into the experiences of soldiers in World War I through poetry and literature excerpts.
Consider how the return of peace and prosperity in Germany in 1924 affected the popularity of extremist groups like the Nazis.
Read the text of Hitler’s first speech to the German people as chancellor, in which he describes his vision for the future of Germany.
Consider why paramilitary groups such as the Freikorps formed in the aftermath of World War I in Germany.
Read about the Weimar Republic’s responses to two political uprisings–a left-wing rebellion in Bavaria and a conservative uprising by paramilitary group the Freikorps.
Learn about the concessions that the Treaty of Versailles required from Germany after its defeat in World War I (Spanish available).