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Subject: Social Studies

Grade: 9-12

Brief Description

Students will research and consider the rights of the individual vs. the state when under fascist control.


  • Students will collect information about citizenship and the power of the state in Nazi Germany.
  • Students will consider the rights of individuals in the face of unjust laws.

Key words

Citizenship, ghetto, Nuremberg Laws, extermination

Lesson Plan

Read about Germany before and during World War II and answer these questions:

  • Before the war, were Jews legally citizens of Germany?
  • Did other Germans consider them fellow citizens?
  • Why were Jews forced to move to ghettos?
  • What were the Nuremberg Laws? When were they passed? What did they mean for Jews?
  • Was there a legal reason for sending Jews to concentration camps? For taking their property? For extermination?


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

Discussion Questions

  • When laws are unjust, should individuals have the right to resist?
  • What are some examples of people who have resisted unjust laws throughout history?

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