Below are topics for research. Students can write a paper or create a multi-media presentation about one or more of these topics.
- Find out more about the life of the famous Rabbi Leo Baeck, and what happened to him during the Holocaust. Describe the qualities that made him a leader.
- Find out more about the rise of the Nazi party in Germany. What were some of the factors that helped them rise to power?
- Find out more about Nazi anti-Semitism. How did the Nuremberg Laws define Jews? How did they restrict Jewish life?
- Find out more about immigration to the Land of Israel, known in the 1930s as the Mandate for Palestine. Why did Jews want to immigrate there?
- Find out more about why some Jews wouldn’t leave Germany, and why some Jews couldn’t leave Germany. Describe the circumstances involved.
- How are the stories about ways that Albert and his family responded to the Nazis typical of ways that the Jewish community in general tried to defy the Nazis during their rise in Germany? As life in Germany became more difficult for Jews, some organizations tried to help them. Find some examples of organizations that helped those Jews who stayed, and others whose job was to help Jews escape.
- Find out more about the violence that erupted all over Germany and Austria on November 9 – 10, 1938.
- Find out more about the ship that carried Peter and his family to Cuba. What happened to the refugees on the “St. Louis” after they were sent away?
- Find out more about the Jewish community of Germany today. Describe some of the efforts made in the years since WWII towards reconciliation between Jews and Germans.