Read through a translation of the famous text J’Accuse! and answer questions based off of the text. Students will learn about bias, perspective, and the construction of history.
This lesson centers on interviews of Alfons Heck who became a high-ranking member of the Hitler Youth. This lesson will allow students the opportunity to hear his recollection of Kristallnacht, or the “Night of Broken Glass.”
The desire for people to belong, coupled with unrelenting propaganda, aided by the belief that the Jews were inferior beings, led to actions being taken by some Germans to harm their former friends and neighbors.
Ask students what they might already know about Kristallnacht, “The Night of Broken Glass.”
Provide a brief overview of Kristallnacht with the students. Use the resource, Kristallnacht by the US Holocaust Memorial Museum Holocaust Encyclopedia article as a resource for this. You do not need to go over the entire article, merely use it as a reference to provide some background information.
Divide the class into groups and ask them to watch the video Confessions of a Hitler Youth.
Ask them to answer these questions:
This lessons meets the following Academic Standards required by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
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