Holocaust Education Resource

Words As Weapons: PD and Lesson Plan

Monday, January 30, 2023 | 3:30pm - 4:45pm


Join us to discover a signature exhibit and lesson plan: Hitler's Letter to Gemlich: Words as Weapons. The 4-page letter written and signed by Adolf Hitler, dated September 16, 1919, six years before the publication of Mein Kampf describes his hatred of Jews outlining his plans for, “The uncompromising removal of the Jews altogether.” Explore the digital exhibit on your computer during this session. Dr. Sapp will lead participants in a review of the artifact, the related Holocaust history timeline, and invite reflections. He will model the lesson plan "Understanding the Rhetoric of Hate" which engages students in using ethos, pathos, and logos to analyze the letter and understand the power of words. Learn about the Museum's extensive Holocaust Education resources.


Dr. Jeff Sapp

Jeff Sapp has been an educator, writer, and activist for the last 41 years. He is an award-winning professor of teacher education at California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH). As a former Senior Curriculum Specialist/Writer for The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance program, Jeff has consulted on and written curriculum for Academy Award-winning documentaries and Emmy Award-winning films (including the documentary One Survivor Remembers about Gerda Weissmann Klein). Jeff was an Associate Editor for Multicultural Perspectives, the official journal of The National Association of Multicultural Education (NAME) for twelve years. He has written extensively for Tolerance.org, the Webby Award-winning Best Activist Site on the Internet.