Students will examine the root causes which led to the rise of the Nazi party and the reaction of Germans--and the world--to Hitler and his plans of genocide. Then will then focus on an in-depth analysis of Genocide using the Holocaust as a foundation. The course is designed to have students question themselves as to what their role has been and will be as human rights violations occur throughout the world. We will identify roles as well as look at the stages of genocide. We will analyze the seeds of hatred that began as racism and bigotry and eventually grew into the murder of men, women, and children. Specifically, we will look at the history of anti-Semitism and its role in the emergence of the Holocaust, and we will also look at genocidal case-studies in Armenia, Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda, and Darfur.
This is an 11-12th grade class with the prerequisite of World History.
Class Materials:Echoes and Reflections of the Holocaust
Websites: Yad Yashem www.yadvashem.org
US Holocaust Memorial Museum www.ushmm.org
Books:Hot Topics: Genocide by Mark Friedman – USED as the Textbook for class
HOLOCAUST: Four Perfect Pebbles: a Holocaust story by Lila Perl
The Boy on the Wooden Box: How the impossible became possible…on Schindler’s List.
Into The Arms of Strangers - Stories of the Kindertransport. 2000 - Holocaust
Cambodia Killing Fields by CNN
Darfur Now: Six stories, one hope, 2007
Facing Sudan, 2007.
Rwanda: Do Scars Ever Fade? 2004 A & E
They Looked Away; narrated by Mike Wallace, 2004. - Holocaust
Some may contain disturbing images. Others are also found on YouTube
Current Events: 1 each quarter. Written and oral presentation
Projects: Qtr. 1: Read a book, create a visual display, and then individually answer questions in an essay.
Qtr. 2: Research and describe how many atrocities you can find.
Homework / Classwork 20%
Bell Questions: Two per day. Quizzes will be given throughout the quarter. Bell Test at the end of the quarter when you must turn in your daily bell questions with answers highlighted.
Holocaust and Genocide Course Outline
Unit I—Who Remembers the Armenians? 2 weeks
1st genocide of 20th century – Herero people
The Growth of Prejudice
UN Declaration of Human Rights
The Eight Stages of Genocide
Armenia Time Line
The Denial of Genocide
“The Armenian Genocide”
Unit II—Echoes and Reflections of the Holocaust 8-9 weeks