Do Now: Think about this question…..We can solve the problem in Darfur (genocide) by drafting 50,000 men who may lose their lives…should we?
Nothing we want in Darfur
But why are we in Iraq and Afghanistan???? Oil
Motivation: Why did I ask this question….there is a genocide going on right now in Darfur but we are not doing anything about it….This is just like the Holocaust…Talk about Hitler’s rise to power and elicit from students (review) just how he rose to power…he was given power. Parallel conditions and economy in the US in the late 1930’s with that of Germany. Recognize that America too was in economic trouble at the time that Hitler took power. Also ask the students “what has been our “big question” with regards to the Holocaust and Hitler’s actions”…we have been asking…how could this have happened??? Now we understand that Hitler rose to power quite easily and he swayed people quite easily, yet not many did anything to stop him….discuss how the US has a reputation of being a country that helps others… and at times we haven’t (Darfur)… Iraq & Afghanistan (oil) knowing this, why didn’t America help those who suffered during the holocaust and why didn’t Americans try to stop Hitler? Elicit Aim.
Aim: Did The US know about the Holocaust and if so why didn’t we try to help?
5 main reasons why the US did not help stop the Holocaust….
December 1942- The US declares that Germany’s crimes will be avenged!
July 1942 - Newspapers in the US began to report about the genocide, however, reports were buried in the newspapers, not front-page news!
“From the start of the war in Europe to its end nearly six years later, the story of the Holocaust made the Times front page only 26 times out of 24,000 front-page stories, and most of those stories referred to the victims as “refugees” or “persecuted minorities.” In only six of those stories were Jews identified on page one as the primary victims.”
Why didn’t the US simply bomb the gas chambers or the railroads leading to the concentration camps?
We were now in WWII. We had to win the war first!
If Roosevelt had set his efforts on rescuing the Jews from the concentration camps, we would have weakened our war effort.