Holocaust and Resistance

This lesson plan reflects on the Holocaust from various points of view, particularly from those who resisted Nazi persecution.  Students consult numerous sources about the Holocaust, including visual and audio sources and respond to those sources in various forms of writing. Great cross-curricular lesson about the Holocaust.

Standards & Objectives

Academic standards
CLE 3002.3.1
Write in a variety of modes for different audiences and purposes.
CLE 3002.4.2
Gather relevant information from a variety of print and electronic sources, as well as from direct observation, interviews, and surveys.
CLE 3002.7.2
Examine the agreements and conflicts between the visual (e.g., media images, painting, film, graphic arts) and the verbal.
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Learning objectives: 
  • Recount the historical outline of the Holocaust
  • Analyze and discuss the evidence of resistance to the Holocaust preserved in archival documents and in oral traditions
  • Discuss the moral questions and dilemmas inherent in confrontation with and resistance to the Nazi regime
Essential and guiding questions: 
  • What kinds of actions constituted resistance, and what were the components of the decision to implement those actions during the Holocaust?

Lesson Variations

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Extension suggestions: 
  • Study of the Holocaust often leads to questions about worldwide reaction to the Nazi program of extermination, especially reaction in the United States. One starting-point for examining this issue can be the EDSITEment-reviewed website, the New Deal Network website, which includes in its archives articles on Hitler's policies that were written prior to the entry of the United States into World War II. To find relevant articles click on Search NDN on the website's homepage and use the keywords anti-semitism, fascism, Germany, Hitler, and Jews.