Holocaust and Individuality

Look at the following map to remind yourself of the sheer numbers involved in the Holocaust.


Having done this, follow one of the links provided to discover individual stories:

Voices from the Inferno: Survivors describe the last months in the Warsar Ghetto

The Untold Stories: The Murder of Jews in the Occupied Territories of the former USSR

Transports to Extinction: Holocaust Transport Database

Holocaust Survivor Video Testimony

The Righteous Among The Nations

Take 10 – 15 mintues to craft a response to the concept of individuality and the holocaust. Use the following excerpt from novelist Vladimir Nabokov to help if you wish. Please post your response in the comments box before you leave the classroom.

“Aunt Rosa, a fussy, angular, wild-eyed old lady, who had lived in a tremulous world of bad news, bankruptcies, train accidents, cancerous growths—until the Germans put her to death, together with all the people she had worried about.”
-Vladimir Nabokov

Japanese Religion and Philosophy

Use the following table to organise your notes as you explore the religions and philosophies of Medieval Japan.

As always in History, you should be able to support your ideas with evidence. Use your text book (ps.186 – 189) and the websites provided, along with any other research you conduct.

You will research 3 movements, and should spend 15 minutes on each one.


What are the main tenets of this religion or philosophy?

What are its teachings?




Who are the followers?

Who leads this movement?

Who founded this movement?


Where did this movement come from?

Where does it enjoy popularity?


When did this movement begin?



How does this movement teach people to live?

How should a follower behave?


Why do you think this movement was developed – what opportunities did it provide?



BBC Website

Zen Buddhism:

BBC Website


PBS Website

Ancient India: Worship and Social Structure


This documentary “Kokoda Front Line” won the 1943 Academy Award for Best Short Documentary:

From the recent movie “Kakoda”:

Funky B in P

Finally! A ghetto Banana!

The Atomic Bomb

Read pages 98 – 102, and answer questions 1 -4. Remember to use evidence to support each answer.

The Early Vedic Period: Vedas and Varnas

This video will help clarify your understanding of the varnas, or caste system (watch from .55 to 2.42):

While we do our work on the Vedas, lets listen to south Indian Brahmans chant from the original texts: