by Kirsten Haswell, East Carolina University
This WebQuest is for a 10th grade English class studying World War II literature. It allows students to learn about the symbols and colors of stigmatization in the Nazi regime, the ideas of Hitler's Aryan race and Darwinism, and a specific group of people affected by Hitler and the Third Reich.
Elie Wiesel's novel, Night, describes the life of a Jewish boy growing up during WWII. Most of us have no idea what kind of torture, depression, and situations he and other prisoners had to endure in the concentration camps. The Nazis used symbols to set apart not only the Jews from their "perfect" Aryan race but also many other groups of people called "undesirables." You will only begin to understand the mind games and stigmatization that the Nazis used to control their enemies.