Agenda: Friday, May 13, 2011

Quote of the Day: "I decided to devote my life to telling the story because I felt that having survived I owe something to the dead. and anyone who does not remember betrays them again." - Elie Wiesel
THEN:  Former Buchenwald prisoners - Elie Wiesel's face is visible on the second row, seventh from the left, by the vertical wooden beam.
Elie Wiesel Today
Learning Targets for WWII:
CH. 24:  The peace settlements at the end of World War I combined with severe economic problems to produce widespread discontent across Europe. Democratic rule in many states gave way to fascism, authoritarianism, and the totalitarianism of Stalin and Hitler. 

CH. 26:  The German and Japanese occupations of neighboring countries led to a brutal war that took millions of lives. Both countries were defeated, but not before the Nazis had killed millions of people in pursuit of Aryan domination of Europe.

• Hitler's Nuremberg Laws established official persecution of Jews. A more violent anti-Semitic phase began in 1938 with a destructive rampage against Jews and the deportation of thousands to concentration camps. Increasingly drastic steps barred Jews from attending school, earning a living, or engaging in Nazi society.
• After World War I, radio and film became sources of entertainment as well as propaganda tools. Hitler and the Nazis made wide use of both.
• To further their war effort and Hitler's plans for Aryan expansion, the Nazis forced millions of people to resettle as forced laborers. As part of the Nazis' Final Solution, Jews were locked into cramped, unsanitary ghettos or forced to dig their own mass graves before being killed.
• The Nazis killed between five and six million Jews and nine to ten million non-Jews.

1.  Finish Notes on Hitler's Rise to Power - Chapter 24 "Rise of Dictators"
2.  Discuss The Holocaust.  We will see video clips and discuss the impact of Hitler's Final Solution on our world today.
Why does Genocide continue in our world?  Is this a part of the human condition?  What can be done to stop it in the future?

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