The Holocaust conjures up a boatload of feelings and images, and in this unit, we're going to ground those feelings and images in concrete information and facts about this dreadful time in history. Before we dive into the literature and film of the Holocaust, we'll take a look at the context surrounding it—which, of course, will help you out down the road.
By the end of this unit, you will be able to
- explain the post-World War I conditions in Germany that left people open to radical ideas like National Socialism.
- identify some of the main ideas of National Socialism and connect them to things the Nazis did after they came to power in 1933.
- examine the motivations of the young people who organized the Warsaw ghetto uprising.
- draw on informational texts and video testimonials to craft your own arguments.
- describe the layout of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.
- articulate some of the issues related to remembering the Holocaust that Germany has dealt with since 1945.
- write a short research paper that goes more in-depth on the aspect of the Holocaust that you find most interesting.