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Scavenger Hunt. A World of Influence Understanding the Atrocities of the Holocaust. The ancestor to every action is a thought. - Ralph Waldo Emerson. Before trying to understand how the atrocities of the Holocaust could occur, you must research the influences of the time.

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Scavenger hunt

Scavenger Hunt

A World of Influence

Understanding the Atrocities of the Holocaust


The ancestor to every action is a thought ralph waldo emerson

The ancestor to every action is a thought.- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • Before trying to understand how the atrocities of the Holocaust could occur, you must research the influences of the time.

  • Unfortunately, your examination of this topic will merely scratch the surface of the inhumanity of man and the devastation it can accrue.

  • In groups of three, have each member choose one of the topics to research on every slide and consider how the chosen topic influenced the mindset of one of the following: Hitler, Germany, America, Japan, or the world.


Scientific thought find a book or article to research the following

Scientific ThoughtFind a book or article to research the following:

  • Darwinism: Explore how Darwin’s theory of survival of the fittest was manipulated to support the Nazi objective.

  • Eugenics: How is this concept applied to Hitler’s goal?

  • E = mc2:How is Einstein’s theory of relativity pertinent to WWII?


Propaganda has a negative connotation but the denotation is neutral what is the definition

Propaganda has a negative connotation, but the denotationis neutral. What is the definition?

  • German Propaganda Explained:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGNyc_LlJhs

  • Determine the purpose of this actual German film:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfhsm0b8414

  • Mein Kampf:

  • Consider what genre and point-of-view is used in Hitler’s Mein Kampfand determine how his choices propitiate his propaganda.

  • http://archive.org/stream/meinkampf035176mbp/meinkampf035176mbp_djvu.txt

  • What is the significance of the characters used in this Japanese propaganda? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icVu-acHlpU


Propaganda

Propaganda

  • Compare and contrast American propaganda to Germany and Japan’s propaganda.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8bCuNiJ-NI

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHL-sPV01q4

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYvr28-5QKw

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_plJofzijg

  • What is Japanese Internment?

  • Find one of Dr. Seuss’s cartoons that promoted the idea of Japanese Internment.

  • http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/politicaldrseuss/seuss_fla.html


Philosophy

Philosophy

  • The Nietzsche Controversy: What was the controversy and how did Elisabeth Förster-Nietzsche play a role?

  • How does Hitler use Nietzsche’s well known philosophy to his advantage? http://www.history.ucsb.edu/faculty/marcuse/classes/133p/133p04papers/MKalishNietzNazi046.htm

  • Mein Kampf:

  • According to Hitler, what must the Germans do in order to have the right to colonize beyond their borders? (Look in Chapter 1 in the Mein Kampfhttp://archive.org/stream/meinkampf035176mbp/meinkampf035176mbp_djvu.txt


History

History

  • Proclamation by Hitler: http://fcit.usf.edu/holocaust/resource/document/HITLER2.htm

  • What does his proclamation reveal about Germany’s past relationship with Britain?

  • Hitler uses a different term for the Treaty of Versailles that ended WWI. What term does he use and how does it reflect his attitude toward the document?


Current events of the time

Current Events of the Time

  • The Great Depression: Consider the global impact. http://www.fofweb.com/NuHistory/default.asp?ItemID=WE53

  • How did this hardship help facilitate Hitler to persuade his country to follow the Nazi Party?


Scavenger hunt

The difference between the almost right word & the right word is really a large matter--it's the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning. – Mark Twain

  • Prior to and during WWII the Allies and Axis powers carefully chose words to communicate and propagate.

  • Examine Einstein’s letter to FDR and its response and analyze the different tones in these letters.

  • Change the word “interesting” in FDR’s response to alarming to determine how one word can change the tone of the entire letter.

  • Einstein’s Letter: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/primary-resources/truman-ein39/

  • FDR’s Response: http://www.mphpa.org/classic/COLLECTIONS/MP-PFIL/Pages/MPP-PFIL-020.htm


Final reflection on the universal theme of man s inhumanity to man

Final Reflection on the Universal Theme of Man’s Inhumanity to Man

Thus the Greeks, the most humane people of ancient time, have a trait

of cruelty, of tiger-like pleasure in destruction, in them: a trait which is

even clearly visible in Alexander the Great, that grotesquely enlarged

reflection of the Hellene, and which, in their whole history, and also their

mythology, must strike fear into us when we approach them with the

emasculated concept of modern humanity. When Alexander has the feet

pierced of the brave defender of Gaza, Batis, and ties his live body to his

chariot in order to drag him around to the scorn of his own soldiers (:1) this

is a nauseating caricature of Achilles, who abused the corpse of Hector at

night by similarly dragging it around; but for us, even Achilles’ action has

something offensive and horrific about it. Here we look into the bottomless pit of hatred.

- Nietzsche

What is the author’s attitude about human nature and its innate cruelty?


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