Hitler and his henchmen victimized an entire continent and exterminated millions in his quest for a co-called “Master Race;” but the concept of a white, blond-haired, blue-eyed master Nordic race didn’t originate with Hitler. The idea was created in the United States and culti- vated in California decades before Hitler came to power. California eugenicists played an im- portant, although little known, role in the American eugenics movement’s campaign for ethnic cleansing; and here in North Carolina, eugenicists followed suit and conducted their own forced sterilization program that lasted for fifty years.
This program will explore the Holocaust’s roots in then-contemporary scientific and pseu- do-scientific thought; at the same time, teachers will examine the complex ethical issues faced today, such as how societies acquire and use scientific knowledge and how they balance the rights of the individual with the needs of the larger community. The workshop will allow partici- pants to explore instructional strategies designed to support difficult topics in not only history and English classes, but health science classes as well. This session will be interactive, reflec- tive, and collaborative, while building teacher capacity to create and sustain learning environ- ments that develop and promote a more humane and informed group of citizens.
Before you attend this program, please read/listen to the following:
- Necessity of Darkness
- Obligation to Teach the Light
- The Horrifying Roots of Nazi Eugenics
- Perspectives on Medical Ethics