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Newsome High School 2009-2010 Holocaust Studies Syllabus Course Instructor Name Email Phone Room

Mr. Michael Gallimore (813) 740-4600 x575 433

Course Description Holocaust Studies is an upper-level elective designed for students to more closely examine the collective actions of Hitler’s Third Reich and the resultant human tragedies and horrors suffered by the many millions of its victims, especially Europe’s Jews. In order to understand not only how but also why Nazi Germany became a genocidal machine, students will initially explore the larger historical context of anti-Semitism. Students will then analyze the long-term factors that shaped German political culture and the more short-term economic and social developments that severely challenged a young, postwar German state and led to the swift rise to power of Adolf Hitler and his Nationalist Socialist party. Students then re-trace the Nazi regime’s step-by-step consolidation of major state and social institutions and its usage of terror-inspiring propaganda, rhetoric and policies that served to transform Hitler’s racial and geopolitical ideology into a terrible reality before and during WWII. Students will finish the course by examining the immediate and enduring consequences of the Holocaust, especially how they continue to impact the world we live in today. Course Materials




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Merti, Betty, Understanding the Holocaust, (J. Weston Walch: 1995) Globe Fearon, The Holocaust, (Pearson: 1997)

Schumacher, Julie A. et al., Voices of the Holocaust, (Perfection Learning: 2000)

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Pen (blue or black) and No. 2 pencil 3-ring binder (1) Set of tabbed dividers (5)


Newsome High School 2009-2010 Holocaust Studies Syllabus Student Expectations • • •

Be prompt. Be prepared. Be polite.

Assignments I designate due-dates with appropriate time-frames for all assignments in an effort to avoid “homework” in the traditional sense, but you may be asked to perform a task at home in advance of a lecture, discussion or activity. You can turn in finished work prior to, or the day of, a given due-date. I generally do not, but reserve the right to, accept late assignments. Attendance & Make-Up Work Students with “unexcused” absences cannot receive credit for that particular day’s coursework. It is the student’s responsibility, within three (3) days of their absence, to turn in missed work or arrange a mutually agreeable time. Grading Student grades are determined by the number of points earned on a combination of in-class and homework activities. This number is compared with the total earned points possible per assignment and also collectively. The following grading scale will always be used: A = 90 – 100% B = 80 – 89% C = 70 – 79% D = 60 – 69% F = 59% or below Academic Integrity Cheating is entirely unacceptable and not tolerated. All such incidents will result in an automatic “0″ for the assignment(s) in question and necessitate a studentparent conference with my department head and administrators invited to attend.


Newsome High School 2009-2010 Holocaust Studies Syllabus Course Outline Quarter 1 Unit I. Germany, Germans & Hitler: 1871-1919 Readings Merti: Chapters 1, 2 Unification, German Peculiarities, Gospels of Hate, Hitler’s Youth, Hitler in Vienna, The Spirit of 1914, WWI for Hitler and Germany, Key Topics the November Armistice, the Treaty of Versailles, the “Stab-in-the-Back” legend, the Weimar Republic Assessment(s) In-class test with 20 multiple-choice questions II. The Nazi Quest for Power: 1919-1933 Readings Merti: Chapters 3, 4, 5 Postwar Chaos, Culture Wars, From DAP to NSDAP, Hyperinflation, the Munich “Beer Hall” Putsch, Trial of Adolf Hitler, the Dawes Key Topics Plan, Mein Kampf, the “Golden Era”, the Young Plan, the Great Depression, the Election of 1930, the 1932 Elections, the Reichstag Fire, the 1933 Election, the Enabling Act of 1933 Assessment(s) In-class test with 30 multiple-choice questions III. The Nazification of Germany: 1933-1939 Readings Merti: Chapters 6, 7 Night of the Long Knives, Hitler’s Cultural Revolution, Concentration Camps, the “First Solution”, the Boycott of Jewish Businesses, the Anti-Jewish Laws of 1933, the Nuremberg Key Topics Laws, Emigration, the 1936 Berlin Olympics, Aryanization, the Evian Conference, Kristallnacht, Refugees, the Annexation of Austria and the Sudetenland Assessment(s) In-class test with 40 multiple-choice questions


Duration 2 Weeks

3 Weeks

4 Weeks

Newsome High School 2009-2010 Holocaust Studies Syllabus Quarter 2 Unit IV. War and Genocide: 1939-1945 Readings Merti: Chapters 8, 9, 10 Invasion of Poland, the T4 Euthanasia Program, the “Second Solution”, Ghettos, the New Order, the Invasion of Russia, Resistance, Key Topics Partisans, Death Squads, the Wannsee Conference, the “Final Solution”, Extermination Camps, Death Marches Assessment(s) In-class test with 60 multiple-choice questions V. The Legacy of Nazi Genocide: 1945-Present Readings Merti: Chapters 11, 12, 13 Camp Liberations, the United Nations, the Nuremberg Trials, Israel, the Genocide Key Topics Convention, Reparations, Nazi-Hunters, NeoNazism, Holocaust Denial, Subsequent Genocides, Current Anti-Semitism Assessment(s) In-class test with 30 multiple-choice questions

Duration 6 Weeks

3 Weeks

The daily agenda is viewable via Google calendar on the class website.


Holocaust Studies Syllabus