Some Were Neighbors: Collaboration & Complicity in the Holocaust

 US Holocaust Memorial Museum
Grade Level:
  9 -  12
Estimated completion time:
 1.5 hour(s)
Standards Addressed:
 Common Core, ISTE NETS
Subject Area:
 History, Ethics, European History, Genocide Studies, Holocaust & Genocide Studies, Humanities, Media & Digital Literacy, World History

This activity focuses on the actions of ordinary people during Kristallnacht -- a turning point in the Holocaust during which Nazis terrorized German and Austrian Jews in a very public way. First, you will select a photograph and reflect on what it reveals about the event. Then you will review a short film, article, and map to learn more. With this information, you will listen to eyewitness testimony and take notes on how Kristallnacht affected the Jewish community as well as the various roles played by neighbors. Finally, you will re-examine the image you started with -- and reflect on the following:

How did the actions of ordinary people shape the events of Kristallnacht?

This activity, built by the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, complements the Some Were Neighbors exhibition (online).

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