Holocaust Teacher Resource Center

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Thinking it Over

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1. Why was the global economic depression a contributing factor to the Nazi’s rise to power?

2. What was the relationship between the U.S. and Nazi Germany from 1933-1939?

3. What role did the Versailles Treaty play in the restructuring of European and world politics? How can the Holocaust be linked to this?

4. How can people be so cruel to each other on such a large scale?

5. Is the Holocaust the worst example of Genocide, or have there been others?

6. What do you think the United States, as a nation, should have done to stop the Holocaust.

7. Were Hitler’s actions towards the Jewish people a form of racism? Substantiate. Are you aware of racism existing in your community?

8. What is your personal responsibility in regards to preventing a Holocaust type situation from happening again?


1. Have your students read or review one of the many books on the Holocaust and do a short oral report.

2. Ask your students to write a short paper on what the Holocaust personally means to them and how they relate it to their daily lives.

3. Using a map, have your students identify locations where genocide and /or “ethnic cleansing” have been present within the last five years. (Ethnic Cleansing: The forced removal of a class of people based on either race or religion.)