Social Studies - 2019-20

WHII.11d - Holocaust & Genocide

The student will apply social science skills to understand World War II and its worldwide impact by

d) examining the Holocaust and other examples of genocide in the twentieth century;


Adopted: 2015

BIG IDEAS

UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD

There had been a climate of hatred against Jews in Europe and Russia for centuries.

Despite the lessons learned from the Holocaust, other instances of genocide have occurred in the second half of the twentieth century and into the twenty-first century.


ESSENTIALS

Term to know

 genocide: The systematic and purposeful destruction of a racial, political, religious, or cultural group


Elements leading to the Holocaust

 Totalitarianism combined with nationalism

 History of anti-Semitism

 Defeat in World War I and economic depression blamed on German Jews

 Hitler’s belief in the master race

 Anti-Semitic Nazi propaganda


Other examples of genocide

 Armenians by leaders of the Ottoman Empire

 Peasants, government and military leaders, and members of the elite in the Soviet Union by Joseph Stalin

 Artists, technicians, former government officials, monks, minorities, and other educated individuals by Pol Pot in Cambodia

 Muslim and Croats by Bosnian Serbs in former Yugoslavia

 Tutsi minority by Hutu in Rwanda

 Darfuri civilians by Sudanese government

KEY VOCABULARY

Terms:

Appeasement

Blitzkrieg

Yalta Conference

United Nations

Superpowers

Atomic Bomb

Axis Powers

Allied Powers

Genocide

Anti-Semitism

Holocaust

Armenian Genocide

Great Purge

People:

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Harry S. Truman

Dwight D Eisenhower

Douglas MacArthur

Winston Churchill

George Marshall

Allies

Axis

Places:

Japan

Italy

Germany

Soviet Union

Israel

Updated: Jun 01, 2018