The Weimar Republic

The purpose of the next two lessons in my course are to explain to students the environment that existed in Weimar Germany and how this environment was conducive to the Nazi rise to power.  These approaches were largely shaped by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM)Echoes and Reflections and Facing History and Ourselves.  Each lesson is labeled by the amount of days it takes to complete in an 86 minute block.  Materials listed are only those materials I am sharing below, not all of the nuts and bolts (computer, projectors etc.) necessary to make the lesson work. 


Core Lesson Concept:  On the first day of this two-day lesson, students discover the political, social, cultural and economic environments that appeared in Weimar Germany through an Educator Path activity designed via Facing History and Ourselves.  The basis of this activity was generated in Facing History's Holocaust and Human Behavior course. The students end the lesson by reflecting on the implications of the environment on the Nazi rise to power.


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* Facing History recently redid their website so until further notice, these materials are unavailable.


Core Lesson Concept:  On the second day of this two-day lesson, students will learn about the political situation in Weimar Germany during an extended lecture shaped by USHMM resources and content I learned as an undergraduate at Kutztown University.  Embedded within the lecture is an activity from Lesson 3 of the Echoes and Reflections Curriculum on the Nazi Party Platform.  To view the entire activity and related materials, one will need to obtain a copy of Echoes and Reflections.  Students also view "The Path to Nazi Genocide" during a supplemental period.  The related worksheet was created by members of the former USHMM Regional Education Corps.


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