Eye Witness Account of a Nazi Rally

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Memories of a Nazi rally in Germany in the 1930's.

Swansea born writer and broadcaster Wynford Vaughan-Thomas recalls his time spent in Germany, in 1937. He gives a first-hand account of watching Adolf Hitler deliver a speech to over 100,000 Germans packed into a stadium with archive film of the event. Vaughan Thomas was one of the BBC's most distinguished war correspondents during World War Two.
From: Welsh Greats - Wynford Vaughan Thomas
First broadcast : 7 April 2008

Teachers' notes

Age Group : 11-14,14-16,16+

Subject : History

Topic : Modern world, Politics of Society 1918-1939, Twentieth century world

Keywords : Adolf Hitler, Nazism, Rise of Fascism, Nazi Rally, Propaganda, Totalitarianism, Ideology and power,

Notes :
HISTORY KS3: Twentieth Century World.
GCSE: Germany in flux 1929-1947.
A-Level: Aspects of the history of Europe between 1878 and 1989. Nazi Germany between 1933 and 1945.
Welsh Baccalaureate: Wales Europe and the World. :
POLITICS: Rise of Fascism.
OPPORTUNITIES TO DEVELOP SKILLS IN HISTORY: Use evidence to evaluate Hitler's oratory skills. Develop knowledge and understanding of uses of power and propaganda and how Hitler used these. Enquire into Nazi rallies and their significance. Ask if pupils agree that the rally was ' terrifying'.
OPPORTUNITIES TO DEVELOP WIDER SKILLS: Improve research skills. Develop the 4 literacy skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing through a variety of exercises. Use visual literacy skills to evaluate the evidence presented (eg. - what does film of the crowd in the rally suggest about the levels of support by the German people for Hitler?) Develop skills necessary for co-working through exercises such as role-play, work in pairs and groupwork.
SUGGESTIONS FOR SETTING CRITERIA TO EVALUATE LESSON SUCCESS: Ask pupils if they: 1) Can define the following key issues - propaganda & power. 2) Can understand authority and totalianarism. 3) Understand the ways that the Nazis used rallies. 4) Could form opinions on the events and issues presented in the clip.

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