Lewis S. Mills High School, Burlington
To what extent is the international community responsible for the protection of human rights?
- What was the purpose of the International Military Tribunal in Nuremberg, Germany from 1945-1946?
- How did the United States assist in the prosecution of Nazi war crimes?
- What role did Connecticut lawyer Thomas Dodd play in the Nuremberg Trials?
- What was the significance (legacy) of the Nuremberg Trials?
Things you will need to teach this lesson.
Select one of the following images:
Having studied U.S. involvement in World War II and how the Allies won the war, students will focus on the post-WWII consequences for Nazi military officers charged with “war crimes” and crimes against humanity.
1. Using one of the two suggested photos of Thomas Dodd in the Toolkit as their “question focus,” students will examine the photo and write as many questions as they can.
2. Working in pairs or small groups, students will discuss their questions with classmates, improve their questions, and decide on three questions that will drive their research on Thomas Dodd and the Nuremberg Trials.
3. Working with their partner(s), students will use primary and secondary sources about the Nuremberg Trials (see recommended websites and articles below) to help them answer their supporting questions.
4. Finally, students will revisit the compelling question and discuss the impact/legacy of the Nuremberg trials today.
- Students will synthesize and share their research findings and results of their inquiry investigation orally or in writing.
- Students will investigate later war crime trials/tribunals and write an analysis of the legacy of the International Military Tribunal (the Nuremberg Trials) and Thomas Dodd in protecting/supporting human rights worldwide.