Social History of the Holocaust

Discuss all of the following questions using examples from the text and providing your own original analysis.

What was life like for Jews in both the ghettos and concentration camps?
What would cause German soldiers and citizens to participate in the systematic killing of an entire ethnic population?
What was it like for ordinary citizens in the occupied areas?
What choices were they forced to make?
Did they collaborate or resist occupation?
Why do you think they made those choices?


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United Nations. (1951). UN Resolution 260, 1948 – on genocide: Convention on the prevention and punishment of the crime of genocide. U.N.T.S. 1021 (78), pg. 277. Retrieved from

Greene, J. M. & Kumar, S. (Producers), & Greene, J. M. (Director). (1999). Witness: Voices from the Holocaust [Video]. United States: Stories to Remember. Retrieved from

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