Teachers Workshop November 24, 2016
To mark the 80th anniversary of the Nuremberg laws and the 70th anniversary of the Nuremberg trials, this workshop was specifically designed for High School teachers and focused on: “The Nuremberg of Hate and the Nuremberg of Justice”. What have we learned? What can we do? Keynote address: Prof. Irwin Cotler, Emeritus Professor of Law at McGill University, a former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, and a former Member of Parliament. Cotler is an international human rights lawyer and is the current Chair of the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights in Montreal. Prof. Cotler discussed the conditions under which genocide can occur including state sanctioned incitement to hatred and the indifference of bystanders. Following a dinner break teachers participated in 3 stimulating rotations: The Nuremberg Hate Laws, the Nuremberg Trials, and The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The evening concluded with the discussion “What Have We Learned? What Can We Do?
The following teacher’s activities are taken from Facing History and Ourselves online teacher’s materials. We have adapted it to our specific needs for each teacher’s workshop. In each of our workshops we give full credit to this tremendous organization for it’s fantastic work and dedication to understanding the effects of racism and othering and the importance of compassion and understanding.
Below we have listed the links to each of the teaching strategies that we have used. That way, if you look through our examples and see a certain teaching strategy that would be useful in your own classrooms, you can visit the Facing History and Ourselves website and download their instructions, tools, and examples, in addition to our adapted examples.
- Intro 1 – Hitler- the Nazi Rise to Power
- Intro 2 – The Aftermath of the Second World War the Holocaust