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Subject: History

Grade: 9-12

Brief Description

Students will use a timeline to study the different ways Nazis killed Jews.


  • Students will look at the timeline on the Spread the Light website for information about Nazi methods of killing.
  • Students will consider questions about the information.

Key words

Disposed, obsession, extermination

Lesson Plan

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

  • What new method of killing started in June of 1941? By June of 1942, how many people had been killed in this way?
  • How many Jews from Odessa, Russia are shot in October of 1941?
  • In July of 1942, how may gas chambers are running at Treblinka? How many people does each chamber hold?
  • In September of 1942, how are bodies disposed of at Auschwitz?



Read your answers in class. Discuss the questions below.

Discussion Questions

  • Some have said the Nazis lost the war because of their obsession with murdering Jews. What do they mean by that?
  • The Nazis called their murders "exterminations," does that make it seem more or less horrible to you? Explain.
  • The Nazis kept careful records of their murders. Do you think that meant they were proud of their actions? Why did they grow trees in places where camps had been?

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