Lessons from the Holocaust
About the Lessons from the Holocaust Lesson
Students will discuss the role of the bystander and the ethical lessons of the Holocaust while learning key words. Students will then apply the lessons to a modern example of genocide in Darfur.
• To define specific terms related to World War II and the Holocaust.
• To discuss the events which led to the Holocaust, the role of the Nazis and Adolf Hitler.
• To read an historical fiction account of life during the Holocaust.
• To describe the parallels between the Holocaust and the genocide in Darfur.
• To write a book report on the assigned reading; Number the Stars by Lowry.
The Holocaust happened back in the 1930s and 40s in Europe. It was a time of great anxiety both in the United States and in other parts of the world. Germany, whose government perpetrated the Holocaust, was in bad shape after World War I. Germany was supposed to pay reparations to France in the billions of dollars. At first, Germany was able to make some payments to France, but it became difficult for the Germans to continue.