Bringing the Holocaust Unit to Closure: Implications for the Future
World History Since 1500
World History since 1500 begins with the study of the Renaissance and covers the following:
- Age of Discovery
- French Revolution and Napoleon
- Revolution and Latin America
- Tokugawa and Meiji Japan
- Africa and Imperialism
- World War I
- World War II
- China in Revolution
The Holocaust Unit is taught in the fourth quarter of the year during the World War II Unit. It is a two-three week unit which includes the following topics:
- Rise of Hitler: Factors and Forces that bring Hitler to Power
- Anti-Semitism: Why the Jews?
What is anti-Semitism? Roots of anti-Semitism
What role did it play in Nazi Germany?
- The Destruction Process: How did the Holocaust, evolve using Raul Hilberg’s paradigm of Definition, Expropriation, Concentration, Slave Labor, and Annihilation.
- World Reaction
What did the world know and when did they know it? What is the reaction of the rest of the world?
- The Role of the Righteous
Who are the Righteous? What are their accomplishments? What are the characteristics of the Righteous? What are the lessons to be learned from their behavior?
- Other Victims: Gypsies, Homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses
Why are these groups victims? How are their experiences different from and similar to the Jewish experience?
- Lessons to be Learned and Implications for the Future