At the conclusion of this activity students will:
- Understand that the Holocaust happened to individuals
- Understand that Nazi persecution, culminating in the Holocaust, was incremental and didn’t happen all at once
- Understand that the events of World War II and the Holocaust are intertwined
- Make inferences about the inter-relatedness of time and geographic location to the events that took place, affecting both individuals and victim groups
- Identify individuals, organizations, and nations who had opportunities to respond to the events of the Holocaust
Teachers often have very little time to teach about the Holocaust, and yet they are asked to focus on Content, Context, and Complexity—the foundational principles of our pedagogical guidelines—in their approach. We believe that building a timeline that integrates personal stories, key historical events (including World War II, the Holocaust, and the world’s response), Nazi laws and decrees, and other relevant themes/topics can provide a platform to understand both how and why the Holocaust happened, and that it can be accomplished in a relatively short timeframe. This interactive lesson also lends itself to critical thinking and understanding that the Holocaust happened to individuals and was incremental. It allows students to make inferences about the inter-relatedness of time and geographic location to the events that took place, affecting individuals and victim groups.