WWII & Holocaust What do I already know? What do I want to learn?
You will have 2 minutes to fill out your anticipation guide. The objective of this activity is to tap your prior knowledge concerning the Holocaust and WWII. Consider each of the eleven items and put an “ A” on the line if you agree or “ D” on the line if you disagree. When you are complete turn your paper over. 1. Some people hate others just because they are different. _____ 2. Adolf Hitler was Jewish. _______ 3. The Holocaust only affected Jewish people. ________ 4.Anti-Semitism (hatred toward Jews) began during World War II and the period of the Holocaust. ______ 5. Germany was the only country that was responsible for the Holocaust. 6. Only other Jewish people tried to help Jews during the Holocaust. ______ 7. Jewish people were sent to concentration camps where they worked for the Nazis and/or were killed in large quantities. _______ 8. Hitler compared the Jews to rodents. ________ 9.Because Germany lost World War I, Hitler was able to convince German citizens that the Jews were responsible for the country’s problems. ______ 10. The United States tried to stop the Holocaust. _________ 11.Hitler’s main goal was to kill all of the Jews in Europe. This was also known as Hitler’s “Final Solution”. ________
Abbreviated as WWII. Worldwide military conflict that lasted from 1939 through 1945. The majority of the world’s nations were either on the side of the Allies or the Axis powers. Resulted in the death of more than 60 million people.
The Holocaust is the term generally used to describe the killing of approximately six million European Jews during World War II. This was part of a program of deliberate extermination planned and executed by the National Socialist regime in Germany led by Adolf Hitler called the “Final Solution to the Jewish Question.”
Jews and other “non-desirable” people were sent to concentration camps, or worse—the death camps. Thousands and thousands of people died in these camps from such things as disease, starvation, and cold.
A train that carried people to the concentration camps
The outside of a concentration camp- PRISON. The sign above the gates states “Work makes you free.”
Sleeping quarters in a concentration camp. The Star of David: Jewish people were forced to have this symbol stitched into their clothing to signify that they were a Jew.
Original title is : And the World Has Remained Silent He wrote the book after 10 years of silence
5 Subjects to pay attention to: Night—Pay attention to what happens at night and what that might symbolize. Bearing witnesses—Pay attention to what characters are witnesses and to what they bear witness. Father son relationship—Pay attention to how Elie and his father’s relationship develops; in addition, notice other father-son relationships in the book. Loss of Faith—Notice how Elie’s faith in God changes as the book progresses. Voice vs. silence—who has a voice and who chooses to remain silent; Why might Elie title his book what he originally did and why did he no longer remain silent.
In a well-developed paragraph(s) (12 sentences), pretend you are a either a female or male Jew. Write a letter to Hitler expressing the pain and fear you have (make sure you use a personal letter format). For example, tell him what your fears are. Tell him what has been taken away from you (your loss of freedom). Tell him why prejudice is wrong. This is an emotional topic, so let out your emotions.
You must include a greeting (dear), introduce your name, the body of your letter, a closure and your signature. Dear John, My name is Jane…… With hope for the future, Jane Doe