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A Brief History of the Holocaust

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Ryan Middleswart

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A Brief History of the Holocaust
In 1933, approximately
9 million
Jews lived in 21 countries in Europe
Hitler and his followers quickly come to the decision that all Jews should be
from Germany. There were many reasons for this, but it was largely due to a personal hatred of Jews by Hitler for a variety of reasons; this included his mother's death, personal criticism, and the efforts of Jews in previous wars against Germany.
Adolf Hitler
Born: April 20, 1889
Died: April 30, 1945
November 9th, 1938 – Known as the "
", or “Night of broken glass,” Nazi followers destroy thousands of Jewish businesses and synagogues. 30,000 Jews are arrested for crimes they did not commit.
The Holocaust
has begun.
In addition to the German army's numbers,
men swear allegiance to Hitler within a month of him coming to power. They serve as his private police force, called the "SS."
1939 – The Germans take over Czechoslovakia and invade Poland, home to millions of Jews. Strict rules are placed on the Jewish people, such as being forced to wear the
yellow Star of David
and mandatory
1941 – The Germans spread throughout Europe, forcing millions of Jews from their homes. Those who aren’t forced into concentration camps must live, under strict rule, in
set up across Europe.
1942 – Nazi officials discuss the
“Final Solution,”
a plan to remove every Jew from Europe. As a result, the killings of Jews within Europe escalate to horrific levels.
By 1943, only 3 years since the killing began,
of the Jews who will die during the Holocaust – meaning
million people – are dead.
Sensing their control of Europe is almost over, the Germans try to complete the “Final Solution.”
Jews a day are exported from Germany and sent to their deaths at the
concentration camp.
Finally, in
the Germans surrender,
and World War II comes to an end.
On top of this, nearly
5 million
more people –
Gypsies, homosexuals, African-Americans, the disabled, Jehovah’s Witnesses
, and Russian prisoners of war – also died at the hands of the Germans.
The rest of the world
, much of which remained neutral until nearly the end of the war, is
at what they find throughout Europe. The concentration camps are liberated, and the Jewish people slowly try to return to the lives that were taken from them.
Of the 9 million Jews that lived in Europe in 1933, only
3 million
remain alive. In all, over 11 million people, not including soldiers, have lost their lives.

“We must remember, so that we may never forget.” - Elie Wiesel
Following the defeat of World War I,
Adolf Hitler
and the
party rose to power, gaining complete control of Germany in 1933
1940 – The Germans use conquered Poland as a holding area, creating
concentration camps
across the country. At these camps, the massacre begins as the Nazis start to kill their Jewish prisoners.
The killing of those Jews in concentration camps soars as
hundreds of thousands are murdered. These mass killings
are often done through
gas chambers, firing squads, and furnace crematoriums
But the damage has been done. Roughly
6 million
Jews have been killed during the course of the Holocaust.
OURS - How do our perspectives change our interpretations of certain events?
- What factors contributed most to the events of the Holocaust?

Questions - ours (as a class) and yours (individually)
On one side of your scrap paper:
What do you KNOW about the Holocaust?

On the other side:
What QUESTIONS do you have about the Holocaust?
The Holocaust = difficult, sensitive topic - history and emotion.

Let's create some
group norms
around conversation and handling of
this topic.

Quick write -
Mood - evokes feelings in the reader through words and descriptions. The "atmosphere."
1) Look at picture/quote below and choose 1 - what do you
the mood of
will be? What are some
Wiesel might use to show this?
EQ: How do our perspectives change our interpretations of certain events?

Also: What factors contributed most to the events of the Holocaust?
The total devastation of life caused by Hitler and World War II is estimated to be upwards of
60 million
people - roughly 2% of the world's population at that time.
Class norms reminder (above board):
- Have fun BUT be mature and get work done
- Be respectful of others
- Don't judge others - who they are or what they say
- Quiet work time
- Be polite and encourage others

On scrap paper: What are 1-2 norms you can think of we might ADD to (or HIGHLIGHT and remember!) this list for
this unit in particular
- I can
norms that will help set the atmosphere for mature discussion of a topic.
- I can
key events in the history of the Holocaust.
Mood - evokes feelings in the reader through words and descriptions. The "atmosphere."
- The notes you need to take are 1) in order, and 2) guided by
- Before we begin (or as we are passing it around), guess how many barley seeds are in the glass jar. (Reveal will be at the end of the prezi).
The jar of barley contained 21,112 seeds.
- 284 FULL jars stacked =
the number of Jews killed
- 521 FULL jars stacked =
the number of Jews + other victims killed
- Total loss of life (soldiers, civilians, Jews, and more) = 2841 FULL jars
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