The Jewish Plight: Interwar Years

Subject: Social Studies

Lesson Length: 55 - 60 mins

Topic: The Jewish Plight During the Interwar Years

Grade Level: 7

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: Students will learn about discrimination, prejudice, and the attempted genocide of Jewish people during the Holocaust and the years leading up to WWII.

Know Before You Start: Students should be familiar with the terms discrimination, prejudice, and genocide.


  • Show students this short video of Holocaust survivors talking about their liberation from a concentration camp at the end of WWII.

  • Reflect and discuss as a class. 

  • Read and discuss the sample comic. Highlight that the atrocities of WWII began before the war. 

  • Discuss the term othering in relation to the treatment of the Jewish people during WWII. 


  • Using the sample comic as a guide, have students create a two-to-three-panel comic describing an event, or act of discrimination, that led to the genocide of Jewish people in WWII Germany.
  • Comics should include:
    • A description of the event.
    • The significance of the event.
    • Key players in the event.
    • The date and place of the event.
  • Possible examples:
    • Kristallnacht
    • Concentration camps established
    • Nuremberg Laws


  • Read and discuss the finished student comics. 

  • Discuss how small events can lead to a large event. 

  • If printed, students can add their finished comics to a class timeline.


  • Allow students to use the speech-to-text feature.
  • Allow students to use the voiceover feature to read their comics aloud.
  • Allow students to work in pairs or groups as needed.
  • Assign specific events to students.


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