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Subject: Social Studies

Grade: 9-12

Brief Description

Students look at different media for modern equivalents to the events of the Holocaust.


  • Students will identify similarities and differences between historical events and situations from today.
  • Students will consider the impact of those similarities and the responsibilities of learning from history.

Key words

Hate groups, hate crimes, similarities, perpetrators

Lesson Plan

Collect information about hate groups and hate crimes from newspapers, news magazines, news broadcasts, and the Internet.

  • Are there similarities between these groups and the Nazis?
  • Are the actions of hate groups similar to actions of the Nazis?
  • Are the victims of todayís hate crimes similar to victims of the Nazis?
  • Think about how we look at hate groups and how the people of Germany and Eastern Europe looked at Nazis. How is it the same? How is it different?
  • Are the actions of governments, media, or religious institutions different than they were in Nazi Germany? How?


Present your information and ideas in a written or oral report to the class. Try to answer any questions they may have.

Discussion Questions

Some people think that if we donít learn from history than we will repeat it.

  • What do you think this means? How are we repeating history?
  • What have we learned from the history of the Holocaust?

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