Social Studies encompasses the following curricular areas: People in society, economy and business; People, past events and societies; People, place and environment. The resources listed below fit into at least one of these areas.

Resource List

Click on the links below to access materials, lesson plans and downloads.

Gathering the Voices Preparation

By: Hannah Jakobsen

What can we learn from testimony? Why is it important to preserve testimony?


Nuremburg Laws

By: Hilary Anson

The Nuremburg Laws were the anti-Semitic laws introduced in Nazi Germany to help bureaucrats distinguish Jews from Mischlinge (mixed race persons) and Aryans.


What Impact Did The Holocaust Have on Individual Lives?

By: Chris Mackay

The HOLOCAUST claimed the lives of around six million Jews. Some survivors made their homes in Scotland. One of them DORRITH SIM lived in the west of Scotland for many years.


General ideas for Secondary Students

By: Claire Singerman

A list of general ideas for lesson plans suitable for Secondary Students


General Ideas for Secondary History Lessons

By: Hannah Jakobsen

Some general ideas for Secondary School History lessons and activities.


The Victims of the Holocaust

By: Chris Mckay

The people who have been interviewed for this project came from a number of countries. Their experience of the Holocaust and that of people in other countries could vary a great deal.


People, past events and societies

By: Chris McKay

Using testimonies to learn more about the past.


Learning a New Language and Fitting in to a Different Way of Life

By: Hilary Anson

Provides useful activities providing insight into coping with new challenges.


Studying the Holocaust within the Curriculum in Scotland

By: Hannah Jakobsen

With recent changes to the National Curriculum in Scotland secondary schools are encouraged to follow a broad general curriculum in the years S1-S3.


1. Who Was Hitler and Who Were the Nazis

By: Hannah Jakobsen

Powerpoint presentation about Adolf Hitler and the events and ideas that shaped his philosophy and led to his rise as leader of the Nazi party.


2. The Nazi Party 1924 - 1929

By: Hannah Jakobsen

The Nazi Party did not exist in 1920 and enjoyed little mass support in the 1930s. But by 1932 it was almost the biggest political party in Germany. How was this achieved?


3. The Wall Street Crash and the Great Depression

By: Hannah Jakobsen

This Power Point provides an insight into the economic crisis, which is essential in explaining why extremism on both the left and the right became more likely.


4. The Appeal of the Nazis after 1929

By: Hannah Jakobsen

This Power Point provides the students with an overview of the factors that increased the popularity of Hitler and the Nazi Party in the early 1930s.


5. Hitler becomes Chancellor

By: Hannah Jakobsen

This Power Point examines the reasons why, despite their suspicions, the conservative elite decided to make Hitler Chancellor.


6. From Chancellor to Dictator

By: Hannah Jakobsen

This Power Point identifies the moves made by the Nazis that very quickly ensured they destroyed the last vestiges of democracy in Germany.


7. Consolidation of Power

By: Hannah Jakobsen

This Power Point describes the methods used by the Nazis to consolidate power.


8. The Role of Hitler

By: Hannah Jakobsen

This Power Point provides a consideration of the significance of Hitler ‘s role in German politics in the 1930s.


9. Why were the Nazis able to stay in power 1933 -1939?

By: Hannah Jakobsen

This Power Point identifies the means by which the Nazis were able to ensure they kept a tight grip on power in the years 1933 -1939.


10. Fear and State Terrorism

By: Hannah Jakobsen

This Power Point examines the forces used by the Nazis to prevent the rise of any significant opposition. It provides an insight into the creation of a Police State.


11. Why were the Nazis able to stay in power? Nazi economic policy

By: Hannah Jakobsen

What were the economic policies of the Nazi party. Were these policies successful?


12. Propaganda

By: Hannah Jakobsen

How did the Nazis use propaganda to strengthen their rule in Germany, 1933-1939?


13. Youth and Education in Nazi Germany

By: Hannah Jakobsen

This Power Point discusses the Nazi attitude to the young and their means of creating support from young people and, in the long term, a pliable military force.


14. Co-operation and Opposition in Nazi Germany

By: Hannah Jakobsen

This Power Point considers both those who co-operated with the state and the difficulties that faced those who opposed the regime.


15. Why did the Nazis Persecute the Jews?

By: Hannah Jakobsen

This Power Point provides a consideration of the reasons why the Nazis adopted racist policies and in particular focussed on the Jews.


16. How did the Nazis Persecute the Jews?

By: Hannah Jakobsen

This Power Point examines the increasing levels of persecution faced by the Jews of Germany from 1933 onwards.


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Words can you find (written and oral) Sunday 27th of September 2015

What can you find ? Look for these people or things in the exhibition

Activity a refugee coming to Scotland written or oral Sunday 27th of September 2015

Exercises for learning a new language. What would you put in the Suitcase?

Example Exercises for pupils viewing the mobile exhibition Sunday 27th of September 2015

These worksheets provide some example exercises for pupils viewing the mobile exhibition.

A guide to the educational context of the exhibition Sunday 5th of July 2015

A presentation on the educational context of the Gathering the Voices exhibition

Visiting the Exhibition? A list of questions to use with Children Wednesday 21st of January 2015

Teachers may use these examples of Questions to enrich their pupils experience of visiting the exhibition.

12. Propaganda Tuesday 9th of December 2014

How did the Nazis use propaganda to strengthen their rule in Germany, 1933-1939?

11. Why were the Nazis able to stay in power? Nazi economic policy Tuesday 9th of December 2014

What were the economic policies of the Nazi party. Were these policies successful?

16. How did the Nazis Persecute the Jews? Thursday 27th of November 2014

This Power Point examines the increasing levels of persecution faced by the Jews of Germany from 1933 onwards.

15. Why did the Nazis Persecute the Jews? Thursday 27th of November 2014

This Power Point provides a consideration of the reasons why the Nazis adopted racist policies and in particular focussed on the Jews.