Per. 8 Literature of the Holocaust
Class Monday 2/11 - Thurs 2/14; HW due Tues 2/12 - Thurs 2/28
On Monday, we continued our Not in Our Town presentations, then continued reading The Nazi Officer's Wife.
Tuesday was a snow day - NO SCHOOL!
On Wednesday, we read and discussed a summary of Antisemitism. We discussed race as a social/cultural construct. For more information on this topic, please see these resources:
- What We Mean When We Say 'Race Is a Social Construct'
- Taking race out of human genetics
- Is Race a Social Construct? The Natural History Museum Investigates
- Race Is a Social Construct, Scientists Argue
- Genetic variation, classification and 'race'
We also finished our Not in Our Town presentations on Wednesday.
On Thursday, we brainstormed open-ended discussion questions on the first seven chapters of The Nazi Officer's Wife. Then, we explored an online exhibition on Nazi propaganda and censorship and ended the period with an exit ticket: "What is the most important thing about propaganda/censorship you learned in class today? What question(s) do you still have?"
Due Tuesday: Read/annotate chapters 6 and 7 of Edith Hahn Beer's memoir, The Nazi Officer's Wife.
Due Thursday: Bring your BYOD electronic device, a pair of headphones, and your copy of The Nazi Officer's Wife to class.
There is no homework over Winter Break. Please enjoy your time to rest and recharge! In case you want to use some of your resting time to read, below I've listed the next reading due date once we return from break:
Due Thursday, February 28:
- Read/annotate chapters 8, 9, and 10 of Edith Hahn Beer's memoir, The Nazi Officer's Wife.
- We will have some more discussion and finish the book by Tuesday, March 5.
Class Mon 2/04 - Fri 2/08; HW due Tues 2/05 - Tues 2/12; Project due Fri 2/08
On Monday, we continued our discussion of the Kristallnacht texts, and students received copies of The Nazi Officer's Wife.
On Tuesday, we began class with a reading check for chapters 1 and 2 of The Nazi Officer's Wife. Then, we discussed these chapters.
On Wednesday, we read and discussed testimony from Walter Plywaski, a survivor of the Lodz ghetto, Auschwitz, and Dachau. Here is the link to Plywaski's biography. For more on Plywaski, view this video interview (start the interview at 1:24), read this article from the Intermountain Jewish News, or listen to this story on Colorado Public Radio. We also continued discussing The Nazi Officer's Wife through chapter 3.
This class dropped on Thursday.
Friday was a presentation day for the Not in Our Town projects.
Due Tuesday: Read/annotate chapters 1 and 2 of Edith Hahn Beer's memoir, The Nazi Officer's Wife. For Chapter 1, focus on the interactions between the nurses and patients as told through Edith’s inner dialogue and thoughts. What does this tell you about what conditions were like during the war? How does it help you to begin to get a sense of Edith’s voice and what she was going through at the time? For Chapter 2, pay attention to new learning about Jewish life prior to the war. Use sticky note annotations to select TWO QUOTES PER CHAPTER that you will be ready to discuss in class.
Due Wednesday: Read/annotate chapter 3 of Edith Hahn Beer's memoir, The Nazi Officer's Wife. As you read, pay special attention to the roles in women in Austria during this time period. Remember to find at least TWO QUOTES PER CHAPTER that you are ready to discuss in class on Thursday.
Due Friday: Your Not in Our Town presentations will take place in class on this day.
Due Monday: Read/annotate chapters 4 and 5 of Edith Hahn Beer's memoir, The Nazi Officer's Wife. As you read, pay special attention to the roles in women in Austria during this time period. Remember to find at least TWO QUOTES PER CHAPTER that you are ready to discuss in class on Thursday.
Class Tues 1/29 - Fri 2/01; HW due Wed 1/30 - Mon 2/04; Presentation due Fri 2/08
This class dropped on Monday.
On Tuesday, we took the syllabus quiz, discussed our homework responses, and reflected on a quote by Martin Niemoller. We also reviewed the Pyramid of Hate and discussed key dates to remember. Finally, we reviewed the difference between primary and secondary sources.
On Wednesday, we watched and discussed video testimony on Kristallnacht by Kurt Messerschmidt, a survivor of the Theresienstadt ghetto, Auschwitz-Birkenau, and the work camp Golleschau. For a biography of Messerschmidt, visit the Echoes and Reflections website. For a selected transcript of another interview with Messerschmidt, see this newsletter from the Taos Jewish Center of New Mexico. For the complete four-hour video interview (we watched approx. 57:40 - 1:03:04), visit the Shoah Foundation YouTube site. We also read/examined and discussed the following texts on Kristallnacht:
- Heydrich's Instructions, November 1938
- Letter by Margarete Drexler to the Gestapo
- Description of the Riot in Dinslaken
- A secondary source description of Kristallnacht
- Photograph: A Ruined Jewish-Owned Store
- Photograph: Synagogue on Fire During the Kristallnacht Pogrom
Thursday was a work day for the Not in Our Town projects. We met in ColLab B to review MLA 8 format and how to find reliable sources. We learned about the different types of projects that can be done using the resources in the library with our Not in Our Town topics and projects in mind.
On Friday, we continued discussion of the Kristallnacht texts.
- Read over the Not in Our Town assignment sheet. Begin thinking about possible topics and come to class with any questions you may have.
- Intro Response 4 (minimum 3 paragraphs, one per source, submitted to Google Classroom): Think of any event that you have lived through. This event could be as universal as a presidential election or as personal as an illness in the family. Choose three SPECIFIC primary sources that could tell the story of this event to your grandchildren, and explain (in one paragraph each) why each of these sources is appropriate an representative of the event. For a list of types of primary sources, you can visit this website.
- Choose a topic for the Not in Our Town project.
- Come to class prepared to work on your Not in Our Town project.
Due Friday: Compile at least five reliable sources you plan to use for your Not in Our Town project. Be ready to submit a hyperlink and an explanation of each source.
Due Monday: If you were unable to do so in class Friday, please finish completing the "Not in Our Town Resources" Google Form (sent to your email).
Due Friday, February 8: Your Not in Our Town presentations will take place in class on this day.
Class Thurs 1/24 & Fri 1/25; HW due Fri 1/25 & Tues 1/28
After introductions on Thursday, we began reviewed the syllabus and heard brief "book talks" about the texts we will be reading for this course. We also reflected (in writing and discussion) on the question, "What thoughts and feelings come to mind when you hear reference to the Holocaust?" (Intro Response 1)
On Friday, we experienced a presentation on the "Holocaust by the Numbers." We reflected on the question on the last slide of the presentation by examining definitions of "genocide" and "Holocaust" (Intro Response 2).
- Bookmark this website!
- Accept Ms. Hernberg's invitation to Google Classroom if you have not already done so.
- Set up email forwarding if you do not habitually check your school email.
- Study for the syllabus quiz.
- Read and sign your syllabus, and have your parent/guardian read and sign it as well.
- Intro Response 3 (1 paragraph, submitted to Google Classroom) Choose One:
- Why do you think people are often unwilling to speak out when they see something wrong?
- What are the dangers of being silent in the face of injustice?