A Spirit of Cruelty
Students will learn about anti-Jewish attitudes that pre-dates the Holocaust by centuries.
Students will watch a video on Hitler’s rise to power by Facing History and Ourselves. Questions from the viewing guide will help students get the main takeaways.
Recognizing a strong sense of unjustness after the end of World War I and a dissatisfaction among the German people with the Weimar Republic, Hitler and his fellow Nazis promised to solve Germany’s problems by restoring the nation and the Aryan race.
Explain to the students that they will be watching a video on Hitler’s rise to power. Start by asking students what they may know already about the rise of Nazism and of the Nazis’ political platform.
Watch the video, Hitler’s Rise to Power: 1918-1933 from Facing History and Ourselves. Provide students with the Viewing Guide to accompany the video. Watch the video a second time.
Questions from the Viewing Guide:
As a class, go over the answers the students wrote down from the viewing guide. End the lesson by proposing the following question for discussion:
This lessons meets the following Academic Standards required by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
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