This is an excellent well written and documented resource which allows teachers to give their students a vast amount of first hand knowledge about the Holocaust. This will allow students to analyze the oppression of the Jewish people, and others targeted by the Nazis during the 1930s and 1940s. This timeline takes you through all 12 years of Nazi rule. But it deliberately deprives you of the benefit of hindsight or a view of the future, ensuring you experience events in the sequence they happened to those who lived through them. There is also supporting material that can be viewed, for example, articles on Adolf Eichmann, Churchill and the Holocaust, The Vichy Policy on Jewish Deportation, Jewish perspective is forgiveness possible, and first hand accounts of the Holocaust. There is an interactive map of Auschwitz which explores the complex and surprising evolution of Auschwitz, the scene of one of the worst crimes in human history, where more than a million men, women and children, most of them Jews, were murdered by the Nazis during the course of World War II. This fascinating interactive feature will give students detailed content about Auschwitz as well as pictures with explanation of how the concentration camps were set up and ran. Another feature at this web site has the stories and pictures of the children who were brought to Britain through the kindertransport. They describe their experiences as Jewish children in Nazi Germany and Austria, and the emotions they felt when leaving their parents in order to find safety in Britain. Besides telling the story, there is a short video feature as well which plays through Real Player. If the teacher does not have access, transcripts are provided to download. By clicking on the biography of Churchill, there is a large amount of other resources relevant to World War II with additional interactive maps, articles, etc.
Social Studies Standards (2001)
People in Societies
Grade Level Indicators (Grade 9)
Analyze the results of political, economic, and social oppression and the violation of human rights including:
- The exploitation of indigenous peoples;
- The Holocaust and other acts of genocide, including those that have occurred in Armenia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Iraq.