Subject: Social Studies
Students research and report on different reactions and responses
to the Holocaust.
- Students identify the response of people and institutions
(governments, armies, churches, the press, the Red Cross, etc.) in
different positions of power.
- Students consider the effects of that response on events.
Consequences, moral responsibility, resistance.
Research and collect information about one of the following topics:
- When did the President of the United States find out about the
camps? What was his response? Was there any difference between
what he said publicly and privately?
- Many people in Europe (including areas occupied by Germany) said
they did not know about the camps. Can you find evidence that this
may not be true?
- Was there an official response from churches throughout the
world? Find an example of a church’s role in the resistance
Present your information and ideas in a written or oral report to
the class. Try to answer any questions they may have.
- Does someone in authority have more of a responsibility to do
something than someone with little power or authority? Explain your
- What is the difference between "public policy" and
"moral responsibility"? Can they lead to the same