Holocaust Teacher Resource Center

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No Way Out Standards

Applicable State or District Standards / Student Objectives:

Reading and Writing:

  • Students read and understand a variety of materials.
  • Students write and speak for a variety of purposes and audiences.
  • Students apply thinking skills to their reading, writing, speaking, listening and viewing.
  • Students read to locate, select and make use of relevant information from a variety of media, reference and technological sources.
  • Students read and recognize literature as a record of human experience.

History/Social Studies/Geography:

  • Students understand the chronological organization of history and know how to organize events and people into major eras to identify and explain historical relationships.
  • Students understand how to use the processes and resources of historical inquiry.
  • Students understand that societies are diverse and have changed over time.
  • Students understand how science, technology and economic activity have developed, changed and affected societies throughout history.
  • Students understand political institutions and theories that have developed and changed over time.
  • Students understand how economic, political, cultural and social processes interact to shape patterns of human populations, interdependence, cooperation and conflict.
  • Students apply knowledge of people, places and environments to understand the past and present and to plan for the future.

Student Learning Objectives:

  • Early warning signs and stages of Genocide: (Identification and Isolation)
  • Definition of the Holocaust, and the rise of Hitler and Nazi ideology
  • German Jewish life during the Nazi Regime
  • Geography and demographics of Nazi Germany
  • Events and legislation in Nazi Germany
  • Emigration, Immigration, Expropriation, “Aryanization”
  • Collapse of democracy, role of censorship and the loss of individual freedom in Nazi Germany
  • Role and response of the German population, other nations and institutions
  • Difficult decisions and dilemmas during the Holocaust
  • Universal lessons of the Holocaust such as: prejudice and racism, peer pressure, indifference, personal and institutional greed, totalitarianism, obedience, propaganda, use and abuse of power, civil rights and responsibility
  • Importance of primary sources as historical documentation