TTW prepare a handout on the map of pre-World War II Europe.
TTW write the bell ringer questions on the board for the students to begin as they come into class.
Q: What was the Treaty of Versailles and how did it treat Germany?
A: It was the treaty which ended World War I. The treaty placed the blame for the war on Germany and demanded that they pay reparations for damages to the victorious countries of the war.
Q: How did the treaty aid in Hitler's rise to power in Germany?
A: The German people felt alienated from the rest of the world and the reparations were putting a terrible strain on the German economy. Hitler's Nazi Party used Nationalism, pride in one's own country, to rally the German people behind his cause.
Q: What was the Munich Conference and why is it seen today in such a negative light?
A: Leaders from Britain and France met with Hitler and agreed to give him a portion of Czechoslovakia where many ethnic Germans lived. The Munich Conference is seen today negatively because Britain and France appeased Hitler. They gave into his demands instead of standing up to him.
TTW distribute copies of European map to students as they arrive in class.