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Subject: History

Grade: 9-12

Brief Description

Students will use a timeline to locate and identify events.


  • Students will look at the timeline on the Spread the Light website for information about several events.
  • Students will consider questions about the events.

Key words

Nuremberg, deprive, fundamental,

Lesson Plan

Look at the timeline on the Spread the Light website for answers to these questions:

  • In September of 1935, the German government passed the Nuremberg Laws. What did the laws mean for German Jews?
  • Kristallnacht happened in November of 1938. What does the word mean? What happened that night? What happened to Jews after that night?
  • What happened during Operation Harvest Festival in November of 1943?



Read your answers in class. Discuss the questions below.

Discussion Questions

  • Why do you think people give names to such horrible events?
  • How does it make you feel to hear about laws that were passed to take away peopleís rights? Could that happen today? Why or why not?
  • How does it make you feel when you hear a cheerful name like Harvest Festival and then find out what it means?

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