History of the Holocaust *

Holocaust education requires a comprehensive study of not only times, dates, and places, but also the motivation and ideology that allowed these events. In this course, students will study the history of anti-Semitism; the rise of the Nazi party; and the Holocaust, from its beginnings through liberation and the aftermath of the tragedy. The study of the Holocaust is a multi-disciplinary one, integrating world history, geography, American history, and civics. Through this in-depth, semester-long study of the Holocaust, high school students will gain an understanding of the ramifications of prejudice and indifference, the potential for government-supported terror, and they will get glimpses of kindness and humanity in the worst of times.

Unit 1

Lesson 1: The Rise of Anti-Semitism

Lesson 2: Preparing for the “Final Solution”

Lesson 3: Confinement in the Camps

Lesson 4: The Wannsee Conference

Lesson 5: Life and Death in the Extermination Camps


Lesson 6: Liberation and Recovery

Lesson 7: Non-Jewish Victims

Lesson 8: The Nuremberg Trials

Lesson 9: Coping in the Aftermath

Lesson 10: Genocide Convention


Unit 2

* This course requires you to prove your ability to adhere to the expectations of HHSO prior to being enrolled into it. Therefore, coach approval is required.