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Igniting The Holocaust - Facing History and Ourselves: Home: What Led to WWII?

This LibGuide takes 5th grade students through the human behavior and historical events that precipitated WWII. It is based on the first 3 steps of the Facing History & Ourselves process and is designed to be used as a supplement to classroom discussion.

"Making Sure It Never Happens Again"

"This is a humbling and deeply disturbing subject for anyone who approaches it, yet we have to learn the history of the Holocaust, to know it as best we can. Remembering the Holocaust and understanding how it came about is part of making sure it never happens again."                                                - Theodore Pappas

After WWI, Outside the United States...

In class we have been talking about the United States in the wake of World War I.  We've discussed the roaring 20s and the Great Depression.  At the end of the Great Depression, America became involved in another war -- World War II.

We've already discussed the four "MAIN" causes of the Great War.  As we begin to study WWII (and why the United States got involved in another war after the "war to end all wars"), we will need to look at the events and attitudes that set the stage.

As you work through this LibGuide, you will investigate human behaviors and how they contributed to attitudes and actions in the years leading up to WWII.  You will focus specifically on what was happening in Germany during the 1920s and 1930s; this was a time in Germany's history called the Weimar Republic.

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