Nature of the Nazi State lesson plan PowerPoint

Nazi Germany: Use of Force

Embark on a profound exploration of the inner mechanisms of the Nazi regime through our meticulously crafted “Use of Force” lesson plan. This comprehensive guide offers students a detailed overview of the pivotal organisations and institutions that defined the Nazi state, including the SA (Sturmabteilung), SS (Schutzstaffel), Gestapo (Geheime Staatspolizei), Wehrmacht (Armed Forces), and chillingly, the concentration camps such as Auschwitz.

Central to this presentation is the examination of the SA, initially conceived as the paramilitary arm of the Nazi Party. The SA played a pivotal role in catapulting the Nazi Party to power and solidifying its grip on Germany. However, internal power struggles led Hitler to dismantle the SA in 1934.

The SS emerges as another focal point in this lesson plan. Originating as Hitler’s personal bodyguard, the SS evolved into one of Nazi Germany’s most formidable and dreaded entities. Instrumental in operating the concentration camps, the SS perpetrated atrocities on a massive scale, contributing to the Holocaust’s horrors.

The Gestapo, Nazi Germany’s secret police force, assumes significant importance in this lesson plan. Tasked with suppressing dissent and opposition, the Gestapo instilled fear through its ruthless tactics and widespread surveillance, resulting in the arrest and detention of thousands.

Moreover, the Wehrmacht, Germany’s Armed Forces, is explored within this curriculum. While renowned for military prowess, the Wehrmacht’s involvement in Europe’s conquest was tarnished by its complicity in war crimes and atrocities against civilians and prisoners of war.

A critical component of this lesson plan is the examination of concentration camps, exemplified by Auschwitz. Serving as the epitome of Nazi brutality, Auschwitz witnessed the systematic extermination of hundreds of thousands, including Jews, Roma, homosexuals, and the disabled.

To deepen understanding, students engage in diverse activities ranging from discussions and research to viewing short films and crafting storyboards. These interactive tasks foster a nuanced comprehension of the Nazi state’s complexity and its profound impact on both Germany and Europe. Designed with educators in mind, this comprehensive lesson plan saves valuable preparation time while ensuring engaging and effective instruction.

Nazi Germany Use of Force Lesson Plan

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Description:Student activities include discussions, a short film, research and the creation of a storyboard.
Estimated lessons:2.
Ages16 years +.
Format PowerPoint

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