High Holocaust Studies
Number of Credits
Estimated Completion Time
1 segment, 16-18 weeks
Earliest Start Date
Students survey the broad history of antisemitism going back to antiquity and then look closely at the circumstances of Germany following World War I that enabled the Nazi Party to take power and dehumanize the Jewish people and others. Students also study the details of the Holocaust era, asking questions about what it means to be a perpetrator, collaborator, bystander, or hero. Finally, students consider the broad mandate of “Never Again” and its challenges in the seven decades and counting since the Holocaust.
The study of the Holocaust requires students to engage with potentially distressing content, including topics of racism, dehumanization, suicide, and mass murder. Students are advised that many lessons will be intellectually as well as emotionally challenging. Students should take appropriate measures to care for their mental health and well-being while engaging with the course material, including seeking the support of parents, school counselors, teachers, or other trusted adults as needed.
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Note: This course provides elective credit only.
- Analyzing the origins and forms of antisemitism
- Explaining the challenges of Weimar Germany and politics of the Nazi Party’s rise
- Analyzing how emergency powers were used to end the Weimar Republic
- Examining Nazi ideology, propaganda, and education
- Understanding the Nazi state’s process of dehumanizing Jews with the Nuremberg Laws
- Describing Kristallnacht and the German path to World War II
- Identifying other victims of Nazi terror
- Analyzing the process of forced removal to ghettos and life within them
- Analyzing the path from mobile killing squads to the Wannsee Conference
- Studying the concentration camp system and life in the camps
- Considering questions of perpetrators, collaborators, bystanders, and corporate complicity
- Describing partisans and resistance movements
- Describing the death marches at the end of the war
- Comparing the liberation of different camps and early survivor experiences
- Analyzing the Nuremberg and Eichmann Trials
- Analyzing the formation of Israel and its subsequent history
- Studying Holocaust denial and forms of modern antisemitism
- Considering the responsibilities of “Never Again”
Besides engaging students in challenging curriculum, the course guides students to reflect on their learning and evaluate their progress through a variety of assessments. Assessments can be in the form of practice lessons, multiple choice questions, writing assignments, projects, research papers, oral assessments, and discussions. This course will use the state-approved grading scale. Each course contains a mandatory final exam or culminating project that will be weighted at 20% of the student’s overall grade.***
***Proctored exams can be requested by FLVS at any time and for any reason in an effort to ensure academic integrity. When a proctored exam is administered to assess a student’s integrity, the student must pass the exam with at least a 59.5% to earn credit for the course.
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