Lesson Plan

Black Germans Under Nazism

Students will learn about the descrimination against Black Germans from 1933 to the end of the war under Nazi rule.

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Nazi Germany

Enduring Understanding

All groups that did not meet Nazi criteria, Aryan race were subject to violence and discrimination.

Essential Questions

  • 1How were African Germans discriminated against in Nazi Germany?
  • 2How does the discrimination against Black Germans expand your understanding of Nazism?


5 Min

Ask students what they know about the other groups persecuted by Nazi Germany during the Holocaust. Can they come up with other examples of groups that were the targets of Nazi violence?

Explain to students that the Nazis’ idea of creating a superior Aryan (white, European descent) race meant that anyone who did not meet these criteria was endangered . Although there was not a specific organized pogrom to eliminate the African Germans, an unknown number were sterilized, incarcerated, or murdered.


20 Min

Direct students to the resource by The Holocaust Explained from the Wiener Holocaust Library. Scroll down to the section titled, ‘Black People’ or choose it from the list on the left side of the page.

Have students read through this section, taking notes on each of the topics: Employment, Education, Sterilization and Imprisonment, and End of War. When taking notes, students should build a list of acts of social and legal discrimination as well as physical actions and violence against Black people in Germany.


15 Min

Come together as a class. Ask students to look down at the notes they have written down. Ask students if they are surprised by their list. Did they expect there to be so many actions taken against Black people? What actions stood out the most?

At the end of this resource it implies that Black people could have been targeted for mass murder if Germany had not been defeated. What can you deduce from the parallels between the mistreatment of Jews and Blacks that supports this statement?

If necessary, review the Nuremberg Race Laws or the Law Against Overcrowding in Schools.

Wisconsin Academic Standards

This lessons meets the following Academic Standards required by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

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