Daily Doses of Nazism
Explore the power that propaganda can have on young people, especially when it is presented as part of everyday culture.
Watch a video explaining the roots of anti-Judaism. Students will learn the prejudice Jews faced in ancient times and what myths originated during that time are still prevalent today. Open up into a discussion on how prejudice and discrimination can lead to oppression and violence.
A prevalent aspect of anti-Judaism, as with other forms of group oppression, is the use of placing blame when problems or unrest arise.
Brief students by explaining that they will be watching a video on anti-Judaism. Explain that many of the myths that they will hear in the video will be familiar to them, demonstrating the lasting impact they had on the world today.
Play the video,The Ancient Roots of Anti-Judaism by Facing History and Ourselves. Right at the beginning, pause the video on the two questions that come up on the screen.
Open up into a brief class discussion trying to answer these questions. After they watch the video they will have an opportunity to build on their answers. Stop the video at the intervals below and ask the accompanying questions underneath.
Beginning – 3:27
Pause video at 7:50
Stop the video on the last frame to answer the questions on the screen.
Begin a discussion about scapegoating and religious intolerance. Ask the class the questions below in an open discussion:
Start by reading this quote taken from the video to the class:
“Many of these myths speak to core emotions that animate people experiencing fear and anxiety…What causes the Black Plague? No idea. One stop shop answer? Well, poisoning by evil people committed to the destruction of your way of life — the Jews.”
Return to the questions from the video (written again below) and ask students to add to their original answers.
This lessons meets the following Academic Standards required by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
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