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The Holocaust in Perspective

(Posted to this site on (07/07/2004)

holocaustinperspective_cvrThe Holocaust in Perspective
by Edith Rechter Levy

Permission to publish excerpts from this document given by:
Dr. Edith Rechter Levy, Chair,
West Virginia
Holocaust Education Commission

To order contact:
Dr. Edith Levy
West Virginia Holocaust Education Center
PO Box 1125
Morgantown, WV 26507
or send E-mail to wvhec@att.net

This text is appropriate for teaching at both the middle school and high school levels.

Acknowledgements – i
Reprint Permission – ii
Picture Credit – ii

Table of Contents

  • Foreword to the Students – 1
  • SECTION ONE
  • Introduction – 3
  • Chapter I – Vocabulary  – 7
    Background to the Catastrophe – 9

    • World War I – 10
    • The Rise of Communism – 11
    • Hitler’s Convoluted Illogical Ideas – 13
    • Party Platforms – 18
    • Comprehension Checkup – 20
  • Chapter Review – 21
  • Chapter II – Vocabulary – 25
  • Why the Jews? – 26
    • The Euthanasia Program – 26
    • Antisemitism – 27
    • Who are the Jews? – 28
    • History Highlights of the Jewish People – 29
    • Timeline on Judaism to the Holocaust – 32
    • Roots of Antisemitism – 34
    • The Jew as Scapegoat – 37
  • The Dark Ages – 37
    • Comparison of Church/Nuremberg Laws – 36
    • Medieval Ghettos – 38
    • Crusades – 38
  • The Middle Ages – 39
    • Spanish Inquisition 40
    • Russian/Eastern European Antisemitism 40
    • French Antisemitism 41
    • The Protocols of the Elders of Zion 42
    • The Jew as Contributor to World Progress 43
  • Chapter Review – 45
  • SECTION TWO
  • Chapter III. – Vocabulary – 49
  • The Incremental Destruction of a People. Recap – 50
    • Indoctrination of the Young – 51
    • Discontent of the Masses – 52
    • Scapegoating – 53
  • The Nazi Genocidal Plan – Isolation – Dehumanization Annihilation. Isolation – 54
    • Appeasement and Indifference -57
    • The Evian Conference – 58
    • Kristallnacht -59
    • SS St. Louis – 60
  • Dehumanization – 61
    • Ghettos – 63
  • Annihilation – 65
    • The Wannsee Conference – 65
    • Table of Euphemisms – 67
    • Maps and Charts – 68
  • Chapter Review – 71
  • United States/Germany Comparison – 74
  • SECTION THREE
    Chapter IV – The Human Equation – 77
  • Resistance – 78
    • League of Nations – 79
    • Physical Resistance – 80
    • Spiritual and Moral Resistance – 81
    • Passive Resistance – 82
    • Passing as a non-Jew – 82
  • The Righteous Among the Nations – 83
    • Kindertransport – 84
    • One Person Can Make a Difference – 85
    • Jewish Foundation of the Righteous – 87
  • Chapter V – The Aftermath – 88
    • Life Reborn – 89
    • The Balfour Declaration – 90
    • The Exodus – 90
    • The Creation of the State of Israel – 91
    • Yad Vashem – 91
    • Nuremberg Trials – 92
  • Epilogue – 93
  • READING SECTION
    Historical – 95

    • The Killing of the Jews – 97
    • What are the Protocols? – 99
    • Dr. Joseph Goldberger – 102
    • Kristallnacht – 103
    • The Day They Murdered the Books – 106
    • Ghetto Life – 108
    • Janusz Korczak – 110
    • Resistance – 111
    • Montana City Reacts – 115
  • Eyewitness and Personal – 113
    • Antisemitism Behind a Shining Countenance – 117
    • Your Hat is on Crooked – 118
    • Kristallnacht Eyewitness Accounts – 120
    • Nechama Tech – 125
    • Rachel G. (Kindertransport) – 127
    • Excerpts from Janusz Korczak Diary – 129
    • The Briefcase – 130
  • APPENDIX
    • Annotated Bibliography
    • Annotated Videography
    • Annotated Webography
    • The Holocaust/Historical Summary
    • Simon Wiesenthal Center Educational Resource Kit