Oath and Opposition: Education Under The Third Reich

What role did teachers play during the Holocaust?

Under the authority of the Third Reich, teachers were obligated to join the National Socialist Teacher’s League, which was responsible for carrying out the educational goals of the Nazi Party, and to take an oath of loyalty to the Führer, Adolf Hitler. Despite these obligations, though, teachers were still able to make individual choices. Some chose to comply with Nazi ideology, while others chose to act in opposition.

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has developed materials to help today’s educators explore the pressures teachers felt under the Nazi regime, the range of decisions individuals made in the face of those pressures, and the relevance of this history now.

Oath and Opposition Workshop Dates 2018-2019:

Date of Workshop Topic of Workshop Location of Workshop Registration Link

October 29, 2018

Oath and Opposition: Education in the Third Reich

Charlotte, NC

Click here to register for this workshop

March 15, 2019

Oath and Opposition: Education in the Third Reich Cary, NC Click here to register for this workshop

Please download and print the EIGHT handouts on this page before you attend the Oath and Opposition workshop:

USHMM Guidelines for Teaching the Holocaust

Rationale for Teaching the Holocaust

Rubric for Evaluating Teaching Resources

The Necessity of Teaching the Darkness

An Obligation to Teach the Light

The Poisonous Mushroom

Collaboration and Complicity Teacher Choices

Oath and Opposition Student Handout

If you have not already seen The Path to Nazi Genocide documentary from the USHMM, please click this link and watch it before you come to the workshop

Other resources used during the Oath and Opposition workshop:

Videos/Audio/Web Links:

Education for Death (film short)

USHMM Collaboration and Complicity Exhibit

USHMM Oath and Opposition Resources

Documents/PDFs:

The Poisonous Mushroom

How To Tell A Jew text

USHMM Oath and Opposition (full pdf)

Google Slide Presentations:

USHMM Guidelines Presentation

Ten Photos for Guidelines Activity

Teachers in the Third Reich

The Poisonous Mushroom

Collaboration and Complicity

Oath and Opposition

Agenda for Oath and Opposition Workshop:

Click here to download the agenda

8:00-8:10: Welcome and Logistics

8:10-8:30: Guidelines for Teaching the Holocaust

8:30-9:15: Rationale for Teaching the Holocaust and Evaluating Resources

9:15-10:00:  Teaching the Light vs Teaching the Dark Comparison

10:00-10:10: Break

10:10-10:30: Teachers in the Third Reich Introduction

10:30-11:15: Lesson Study: The Poisonous Mushroom

11:15-12:00: Collaboration and Complicity: Choices Teachers Faced

12:00-12:35: Lunch

12:35-2:15: Oath and Opposition: Teachers in the Third Reich

2:15-2:30: Evaluations and Break

2:30-3:30: Holocaust Survivor Speaker

 

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