November 22, 2015 Mitzvah 2- 6/7

In November, class began with a review of last week’s discussion on identity, stereotype and being a bystander. Today’s class began with a review of last weeks discussion on identity, stereotype and being a bystander.

Then, we covered the early years of Nazi Germany, from 1933 to 1938. We discussed the Nuremberg laws, and Kristallnacht.

We watched a short video on Kristallnacht, which led to a discussion of researching further on their own at home. I warned the students that some of the information on the internet is very graphic in nature. I encouraged them to research with a parent or adult, so that they can have someone answer questions and guide their research.

On November 15, the students created such and engaging and enriching experience for themselves, each other and me as well.

We spoke about the forming of ghettos, ghetto life and increased tactics used to identify the Jewish population, as a means for further persecution.

Other talking points and questions led us to speaking about America’s struggle for civil rights and the parallels to persecution throughout history.

Scapegoating was brought up again, as a means to create a sense of other and make the German population believe that this was a means for their lives to improve.

Rachel Rockwell

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