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Life in Nazi Germany

Learning - Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, GCSE, A-level / post-16, A-Level

In this highly interactive session, learners engage with objects, images and texts to understand how political, economical and social change between the world wars had different implications of men, women and children of different backgrounds.

The session considers the broad spectrum of victims of Nazism, including Jewish victims of the Holocaust, disabled people and the LGBT community, while reflecting on number and proportions. In doing so, it unpacks the reasons underpinning their persecution, how different policies affected them differently, and the stages at which they were introduced. At the same time, it includes case studies of three ‘perpetrators/collaborators’ to highlight how the changes introduced by the Nazis divided an already fractured population.  Accounts of such fragmentation are given in the Introduction of this session, by discussing with learners the political and economic context of Germany between 1919 and 1939. In this part of the session, the facilitator stimulates learning through the technique of structured ‘questioning’. The aim is to simultaneously encourage students to comment on images and texts, access any previous knowledge and highlight pieces of information that will be relevant to the following part of the session.

This comprehensive session addresses a series of erroneous beliefs, including 1) that the Holocaust happened mainly in Germany; 2) that Jewish communities were similar across Europe, highlighting instead a variety of lifestyles and levels of integration; and 3) students’ unfamiliarity with any of the specific actions enacted against different groups. In addition to this, the session defines and contextualises antisemitism.

No single lesson can address the complexities of the Holocaust. However, this introductory session to the Holocaust captures its complexity and explores essential themes. It introduces students to individual stories from a range of victim groups and encourages their contextualisation within an overarching framework.

Booking Information

All sessions last approximately 2 hours for groups of up to 40 students and include the Learning Session and a self-guided activity inside the Exhibition. For groups of more than 40 students, please contact us to discuss options.

This session costs £5.50 per child with a minimum price of £150 per group. Accompanying adults are free. To book, please download our schools booking form here: School-Booking-Form-HELC then send to or email us using the contact form.