During this lesson, students will:
- Develop a deeper understanding of the development of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).
- Explore how various cultural values have been blended into the UDHR.
- Consider how contemporary states respond to violations of human rights and how closely they respect the articles in the UDHR.
- Consider how their school and community deal with human rights.
This lesson encourages students to explore the historical basis for the modern human rights movement born in the aftermath of the Holocaust and deepens understanding of the Charter for the United Nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Readings include selections from various ancient legal codes, the United Nations Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and Holocaust and Human Behavior.
In order to appreciate the concept of the UDHR, it is important to read the introductions to Chapters 11 of Holocaust and Human Behavior, as well as selections from the Charter to the United Nations and the Preamble to the UDHR. Additionally, students should read selected readings in Chapter 9 of Holocaust and Human Behavior in order to recognize how the Holocaust stripped individuals of their dignity as human beings.