- What was the Holocaust?
- Judaism and Jewish life
- What is antisemitism?
- How did the Nazis gain power?
- Life in Nazi-controlled Europe
- What were camps?
- What was the Final Solution?
- How did people respond?
- Survival and legacy
By the end of this activity:
In order to carry out this activity you will need to use the following sections of The Holocaust Explained:
You may also wish to access pages from the KS4 version of this site.
Hitler was appointed Chancellor on 30 January 1933. Immediately, the SA stepped up their campaign of violence and terror. Across Germany the local police and SA and SS rounded up many thousands of communists, socialists, church leaders and many other people.
Initially these prisoners were held in local prisons and police stations. However, there were so many prisoners that makeshift buildings were converted to house them. This is how the notorious Nazi camp system developed.
In this Reflective Learning Activity you will to develop an understanding why the Nazis set up camps.
Stage 1: Set up a diagram
On either a Word document or an A3 sheet of paper, produce a mind-map or table to record your information (see above).
Stage 2: Research - collect your information
As you read the suggested pages and media assets record any information that you think will help you understand why the Nazis set up camps between 1933 and 1939. In the example (above) you will see that we have started to add details. You can use these and then go on to add your own.
Stage 3 (option a): Communicating your findings
Once you have collected your information you could write a summary of the reasons why the Nazis set up camps.
Stage 3 (option b): Communicating your findings
Alternatively, you could write a full report complete with an introduction, paragraphs for each category and a conclusion.
Each of the paragraphs should explain a separate reason why the Nazis set up camps. You should provide evidence to back up the points you make.
Your conclusion should explain which were the most crucial reasons why the Nazis set up camps.