» Lesson Extension
Genocide in World War II
and its Aftermath
» Lesson Objectives:
In this lesson, students will:
- Explore the Nazi genocide of Jews and others before and during World War II
- Trace the progress from the 1935 Nuremberg Laws to the Wannsee Conference plans for the "Final Solution," to the International Military Tribunal trials of Nazi war criminals at Nuremberg after World War II
» Materials Needed:
» Time Needed:
Approximately 50 minutes
Hand out the student worksheet and instruct students to review the following Web sites and take notes for discussion of questions. Also refer students to the excerpt, "A Brief Overview of Genocide," which they should receive before viewing the film.
The Nuremberg Laws on Citizenship and Race (1935)
Contains the Nuremberg Laws enacted on Sept. 15, 1935
Law for the Protection of German Blood and German Honor
Describes the provisions that apply to Jews
The Wannsee Conference (1942) and the "Final Solution"
Contains a brief overview and excellent timeline
The Nuremberg Trials (began 1945)
Describes what happened at the Nuremberg Trials
After a class discussion, students should write a page supporting one of the following statements:
- If genocide or a "crime against humanity" occurs, humanity has an obligation to try and punish the perpetrators.
- If genocide or a "crime against humanity" occurs, humanity has an obligation to help the survivors and forgive the perpetrators.
» Method of Assessment:
Discussion of questions on Student Worksheet #3
"You Decide" exercise at the end of Student Worksheet #3