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The Holocaust- Background Information


Go to the following website: http://www.theholocaustexplained.org/ks3/what-was-theholocaust/
Part 1- Read the first section titled, What was the Holocaust? Respond to the
questions in the chart below.
When did the Holocaust take place?
(year range)

What does it mean when we say that it


evolved over time? (left click on word)

What is discrimination? (left click on the


word)

Which group of people were


discriminated against during the
Holocaust?

Define persecution. (left click on the


word)

Who persecuted the Jews during the


Holocaust?

Approximately how many Jews were


murdered?

How many of those people were


innocent children?

In addition to Jews, what other groups


of people were targeted and killed? (7
groups)

What did most European countries do


while the Nazis were committing mass
murders?

Part 2- Read the tab titled What is anti-Semitism? Define each term below:
PREJUDICE____________________________________________________________________________
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SCAPEGOATING _______________________________________________________________________
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ANTISEMITISM ________________________________________________________________________
RACIAL _______________________________________________________________________________

Part 3- Read the tab titled, How did the Nazis gain power? Fill in the blanks
with information from this section.
The First World War, which began in _______________ and ended in ________________, claimed many millions of
lives and changed the lives of hundreds of millions of others across the world _____________.
The years that followed the First World War were to see the rise to power of __________________, the most
notorious political character of the ______________ century. The lives of many millions of people across Europe
would be _______________ as a result of the beliefs, policies and actions of the _______________ led by
__________________.

Part 4- Click on Life in Nazi Controlled Europe and then click on the first green
subtopic, Controlling Everyday Life. Read all of the sections about the Nazis
control of the Jews. When you are finished, summarize the information you have
read in a well-developed paragraph. Use the questions below to help guide you as
you write.
How did the Nazis control the everyday lives of the Jews? Explain how they controlled
employment, education, and leisure. What policies did they put in place to regulate the Jews
lives?
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Part 5- Click on the Topic, What were camps?-- Then Click on What are
camps?-- Then Click on Types of Camps. Read about the different types of
camps and fill in the chart below.

Part 6- Find the heading, How did people respond? Then click on How did Jews
respond? Then click on the subtopic titled, The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.
Respond to the following questions:
In what year did Jewish resistance begin?
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Who led the uprising? How old was he?
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Although the Jews were still taken over, what was significant about the uprising?
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