Unit 2 – Nazi Germany


Before the War


Middle and High School


For the purpose of study, the Holocaust can be divided into two distinct time periods. The first began on January 30, 1933, when Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of Germany and ended on September 1, 1939, with the beginning of World War II. The second period lasted until Germany surrendered (May 8, 1945) and the Nazi era came to an end.

Many people associate the term “Holocaust” with the mass murder programs that began in 1941 (concurrent with the German invasion of the Soviet Union), but it is equally important to carefully examine the prewar period. It was during the early years that the Nazis consolidated their power and created the environment in which they would attempt to implement their racist ideology to its fullest extent. Many lessons about prejudice emerge from this period with serious implications for today.

2 – Unit Plan – Nazi Germany 1933-1941 The Pre-war and Early War Years

2a – Notes for Teachers

2b – Essential Questions

2c – Connections to the Florida Holocaust Education Mandate

2d – Main Learning Goals and Scales

2e – Additional Focus and Supporting Standards and Benchmarks

2f – Nazi Germany 1933-1941 Summative Assessment and Final Performance Tasks

2g – Unit Vocabulary

2h – Common Misperceptions

2i – Lessons within this Unit


Unit 2 – Daily Lessons

1) Nazi Germany Before the War – Parallel Timelines

2) Nazi Germany Before the War – Propaganda

3) Kristallnacht – The Night of Broken Glass

4) The Victims of the Nazis