Sunday, May 8, 2011
Antisemitism began in Germany in 1933. 9 million Jews lived across European countries that would eventually be taken over by Germany. 6 million Jews died by 1945. That means 2 out of every 3 Jews perished from Nazi genocide.
Your task is to read about the Nazi rule, Jews in prewar Germany, the "Final Solution", Nazi concentration camps, and rescue from the camps. To do this, visit the official site of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum at http://www.ushmm.org/outreach/en/
Answer all questions on a WORD DOCUMENT
1. Under the Nazi Rule section, read about why the Nazis also directed their hatred towards handicapped individuals, titled The Murder of the Handicapped. Summarize 5 key facts from this section.
2. Under the Jews in Prewar Germany section, read about the Nuremberg Laws, titled the Nuremberg Race Laws. Summarize 5 key facts from this section.
3. Explain what happened during the "Final Solution." Bullet point the process.
4. Read about the background to Auschwitz, the largest concentration camp established by the Germans. Explain the setting of the camp, daily life in the camp, impossible escapes, and longevity of prisoners.
5. The Soviet solders were the first to liberate Jews from the camps in 1944. Read about the liberation experience faced by the Allied soldiers, what they saw, and the reaction by the survivors. Summarize 5 key points.
6. Look at all 3 pages of photographs on the site. Choose the photograph that stands out to you the most. Identify the photograph and be sure to state your reasons why it "caught your eye."
7. View 3 testimonies of individuals who experienced the Holocaust. (you don't need to write anything for this)
8. Lastly, browse away from the Holocaust website to find other acts of genocide (look up this word if you don't know what it means). The term genocide didn't officially exist until the 1940's, so you may need to alter your search words to find examples pre-1940. Use any credible source to find your answer.