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 cultivated in California decades before Hitler came to power. California eugenicists played an important, 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 pseudo-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 participants 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, reflective, and collaborative, while building teacher capacity to create and sustain learning environments that develop and promote a more humane and informed group of citizens.
To register for the Deadly Medicine and Eugenics workshop, click here.
Before you come to this workshop:
- Consider taking the Canvas course to build your background knowledge and earn an additional .4 digital literacy renewal credits. More information coming soon!
- Make sure you have seen both The Path to Nazi Genocide and Guidelines for Teaching the Holocaust videos on our Before you attend page.
- If you would like hard copies of the handouts we will use in the workshop, print the materials below before you come.
Download and print these materials to bring to the workshop if you would like hard copies:
Agenda for Deadly Medicine and Eugenics
Below, you will see the agenda for this workshop, which also has all of the presentations and files embedded in it for your use. Please note that we may make adjustments to the schedule and topics, but we will let you know what those adjustments are when you are with us at the workshop.
|TOPIC COVERED||RESOURCES USED|
|Welcome, Introduction, and Logistics||Welcome to the Workshop Google Slides Presentation|
The Two Deaths Teaching Strategy
|Introductory Video: |
Race: The Power of An Illusion, Episode 1
|Race: The Power of An Illusion, Episode 1|
|The World Cafe discussion method||World Cafe Reference Guide|
(1863-1919): Introduction to Eugenics
(1919-1933): Science as Salvation:Weimar Eugenics
The Eye of the Beholder (video clip and discussion)
|The Eye of the Beholder|
(1933-1939) The Biological State: Nazi Racial Hygiene
|USHMM’s Nazi Racism lesson||USHMM Nazi Racism Lesson|
|The Psychology of Perpetrators (video clip) and|
Perpetrator Jigsaw Case Study activity
|Reserve Police Battalion 101|
|(1939-1945) Final Solutions:|
Murderous Racial Hygiene And The Nuremberg Trials
Anticipation Guide and Four Corners Activity
|Justice After the Holocaust: Anticipation Guide|
|What You Do Matters||Assessment|
USHMM Rationale Statements
|Holocaust Survivor||NC Council Survivor Speaker Page|
|Wrap-up and Evaluations||Click Here to go to the Evaluations Page|