Holocaust Introductory Web Quest

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Use the website www.ushmm.org/outreach to discover the responses to the following questions.

What is genocide?

  1. What is “genocide” in your own words?

  2. When we refer to the Holocaust, what time period are we talking about?

Hitler Comes to Power

  1. What levels of German society were most drawn to Hitler and the Nazi Party?

Nazi Racism

  1. What was Hitler’s term for the “master race”? Describe this type of person.

  2. What types of German citizens were victims of the Nazi Party?


  1. Define anti-Semitism.

  2. When did it begin?

  3. What other nations treated Jews as scapegoats (blamed them for troubles)?

Nazi Propaganda and Censorship

  1. How were schools used to spread Nazi ideas and anti-Semitism?

The Nuremburg Laws

  1. According to the Nuremburg Laws of 1935, how did the German government decide if someone was Jewish?

  2. What did the German government require of Jews in German society?

“The Night of Broken Glass”; Kristallnacht

  1. What happened on Nov. 9, 1938? What caused the violence?

Refugee Map

  1. Many Jews escaped Germany during this time. What countries accepted the most Jewish refugees?

Evian Conference

  1. Why did the US not allow entrance to more refugees before WWII?

The Final Solution

  1. What was the goal of the “Final Solution?”


  1. How many ghettos exited in German occupied territories?

  2. Describe the largest ghetto.

Concentration Camps

  1. What were the first Nazi concentration camps?

  2. What was the primary purpose of these camps?

Forced Labor Camps

  1. Describe what happened to most “workers”?

Death Camps

  1. What happened at these camps?

Death Marches

  1. Why were people forced to go on “death marches”?


  1. When the Soviet soldiers liberated Auschwitz, how many shoes did they find?


  1. Describe one hardship that survivors had to face.

  1. Visit the Frequently Asked Questions site and look at questions #19, 20, and 21 to see how American and European allies responded to the Jewish Holocaust. How did the U.S. and other countries respond?

Refer to www.remember.org/malka.html to respond to the following question:

  1. Read the poem and summarize what it is about in a few sentences.

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