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Subject: Social Studies

Grade: 9-12

Brief Description

Students look at the role geographical terrain played in decisions made by Nazis.


  • Students will identify characteristics of different areas of Europe.
  • Students will consider the effects of environmental factors in decisions made by Nazis.

Key words

Terrain, environmental factors, concentration camp, physical characteristics, haphazard.

Lesson Plan

Pick one concentration camp and locate it on a map of Europe during the war. Collect information about the location of the camp.

  • What physical characteristics were important to the location?
  • Why was it located where it was?


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

Discussion Questions

Look carefully at maps of Europe during World War II.

  • Why do you think so many camps are located in Eastern Europe? What were the benefits?
  • What does the placement of camps tell you about the Naziís plans to exterminate the Jews? Was it haphazard or carefully thought out?

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