Antisemitism and oppression has plagued the Jewish people for centuries. In the early modern era, and continuing on into Nazi rule, the Jews were kept from working certain jobs and often looked at in a negative light.
- 1How does prejudice turn into violent oppression?
Ask students what it means to be an oppressed group. Can you think of some groups throughout history that faced oppression?
Walk students through the resource, Antisemitism in History: The Early Modern Era, 1300-1800 by the United Stated Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Then ask your students, why do people generalize characteristics for an entire group? How can this be dangerous? Take a few minutes to discuss this as a class before moving on.
Next, pull up the resource, Book Burning by the USHMM Holocaust Encyclopedia and go over the Critical Thinking Questions at the bottom of the page.
In groups of five, ask students to consider the following question:
- What tends to follow acts of oppression? Does it always lead to violence? What about revolution?
- What are some ways you can think of to counter prejudice and oppression?
Wisconsin Academic Standards
This lessons meets the following Academic Standards required by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.