Below are examples and a non-example of “Recipes” from a course called “History and Literature of the Holocaust.” Students were mixed ability, grades 9-12. The first two met or exceeded expectations. The “non-example” failed to meet expectations.
Example 1: A Recipe for Nazi Germany
1/8 cup colonialism
1/2 cup militarism
1 assassination of Franz Ferdinand
3 quarts of ignorance
6 cups lack of questioning the majority
3 cups arrogance
2 sets of alliances
1 Treaty of Versailles
2 quarts nationalism
1½ quarts dogma
1 quart propaganda
4 cups economic depression
Combine colonialism, militarism, 2 sets of alliances, and ½ quart of nationalism to get Tensions in Europe. Mix Tensions in Europe with assassination of Franz Ferdinand to get WW I. Cook WW I at 350 degrees for 3 years to get Treaty of Versailles. Let Treaty of Versailles cool for 10 years and combine with desperation of war to get one Need for a Scapegoat. In a separate bowl combine dogma, arrogance, ignorance, propaganda, economic depression and remaining nationalism to get anti-Semitism. Combine one need for a scapegoat and anti-Semitism and bake for 4 years at 450 degrees to get Nazi occupation. Let cool to get the Final Solution.
Example 2: Recipe for Disaster
1/3 cup anti-Semitism
1/4 cup dehumanization
1 cup country depression
2 tablespoons comradery
1¼ cups Propaganda
3/4 cup charismatic leader
1/3 cup nationalism
2 tablespoons adherence to the law
1/2 cup organization
1 cup fear
- Preheat the over by losing WW I (400 degrees)
- Combine post-war depression, fear, and charismatic leader in a bowl. Whisk gently.
- Melt anti-Semitism, dehumanization, and nationalism. Set aside.
- Beat Propaganda© into first bowl and let sit.
- Add melted ingredients.
- Add adherence to the law, comradery and mix constantly.
- Carefully fold organization in.
- Place in oven and bake for one year.
NON-EXAMPLE: Nazi Soup
Take nationalism derived from the Treaty of Versailles blend it with over 1,000 years of anti-Semitism and extreme hatred. Add large armys and strict discipline, agitate till insane!!
Bake at 1,939 degrees