|This Holocaust Interactive Timeline available in my TpT Store.|
Over the following month, students would be introduced to the victims, the perpetrators, the heroes, and most importantly, the bystanders of the German genocide and others. We also completed an in-depth study of ourselves, taking a good look at who were were as individuals, and considering what role we may have played in Nazi Germany during the 1930s.
Through a series of thought-provoking activities, well selected movies, and reflective and collaborative lessons, I walked my students through the timeline of events from pre-war Germany to the end of the Nuremberg Trials, followed by a modern-day examination of hate groups and current genocides around the world.
While students are in tears in their other classes for obvious reasons, a whole variety of emotions are experienced in my class through the month. Students not only learned about the horrific event in history, they also learned about themselves and the world they lived in, even in modern times.
While I am no longer in my classroom, I am hoping that these lessons will continue in other classrooms across the country and around our world. After all, we learn history in an effort to avoid the mistakes of the past, and hopefully to learn how to make ourselves better for the future.
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