"Always Remember":
Goals, Methods and Expectations


1.    To help students understand the destructive force of racial hatred in an effort to prevent future attempts at genocide.

2.    To familiarize students with the major factors and major events which produced the Nazis' attempt at a "Final Solution to the Jewish Question."

3.    To clarify the role of Adolf Hitler in conceiving and implementing the "Final Solution" and in creating the myth of an efficient, all powerful National Socialist state.

4.    To demonstrate that the Holocaust did not end with the defeat of Nazi Germany and that, to a significant extent, its impact is still felt today.


1.    Literature, film and historical writing complement one another in deepening students' understanding of the perpetrators, victims, bystanders, rescuers and those who resisted.

2.    New Media, especially educational CD-ROMs and scholarly Web sites, enhance students' appreciation of the bewildering complexity of the Holocaust and the multitude of different means that intended victims utilized in order to survive.


1.    Students will approach the study of the Holocaust with the serious purpose of wrestling with a variety of moral issues which that event has raised.

2.    Students will take the time to reflect on what they read and view, and they will express their reflections clearly and carefully in class discussion, in journal entries and in analytical essays.


1.    Evaluation in class discussion of the student's success in understanding and analyzing critically what he/she has read, seen or heard.

2.    Journal entries of at least four hundred words each in length every two to three weeks.

3.    Analytical essays every two to three weeks, at least one for each major text.

4.    A two-hour final examination consisting of an analytical essay comparing two major texts.

Edith Hahn Beer, The Nazi Officer's Wife.
Laurence Rees, Auschwitz: A New History
Elie Wiesel, Night.
Wladyslaw Szpilman, The Pianist.
Art Spiegelman, Maus.
Carl Friedman, Nightfather.

The Nazi Officer's Wife
America and the Holocaust: Deceit and Indifference
Jewish Virtual Library
Auschwitz--Inside the Nazi State
Escape From Sobibor
Kitty: Return to Auschwitz
The Pianist
The Wannsee Conference
The Complete Maus
Cybrary of the Holocaust

Contact Information
Office Hours: Semester I:    Daily: 8:00 - 9:40 a.m.; 1:25 - 3:05 p.m. Office Phone: 816 936-1408
Office: J206Semester II:   Daily: 8:00 - 9:40 a.m.; 1:25 - 3:05 p.m. e-mail: carl@schulkin.org