Little Hitler

<< BEFORE: Rabbit draws (and tries not to eat too much) with girls.
Rabbit wants to keep one eye on pop culture and one eye on history!  But what happens when Hitler rears his ugly mustache?  (Rabbit can be difficult house-guest.)
<< REMEMBER: Rabbit has side-project to investigate Jewish cemetery.

NEXT: Plate of pig head & lovely children’s song >>


7 thoughts on “Little Hitler

  1. I substitute taught a class that was covering world war two and particularly the holocaust. The teacher was forbidden by the principle at the request of parents to discuss Auschwitz-Birkenau, Belzec or Chelmo and what happened at those camps, who was interred there or the Jewish Solution. The parents were afraid this would frighten their children. I knew the teacher from college and she winked at me about the lesson plan. I came to school with my own lesson plan, hundreds of photographs from one of my Jewish-studies professors and holocaust survivor transcripts I found on the internet.

    Hundreds of parents complained, but I’ll be back next year for that teacher and the other eighth-grade history teachers. As a sub, I can claim ignorance of parental wishes to make sure a very important lesson is learned.

      • I agree with you. I did not read the Diary of Anne Frank to my children until they were Anne’s age. I was only relaying a story. The kids in the class, though, were thirteen and fourteen years old and here in Utah, the holocaust is a normal part of eighth grade education. The biggest problem is that some parents protect their kids just a bit too much. I did the same thing for another teacher at the same school when reading American Slave Narratives.

        I’m sorry I put you off. It was not my intention. a.

  2. Aaron —
    Oh, you didn’t put me off! I agree with you, although in NH (where I teach WWII period through comics) there is more focus on geopolitical situations, and Holocaust comes later, in high school.
    HOWEVER, while horrors of holocaust documentation may be too brutal for younger students, they can still approach subject by developing understanding via perspectives in contemporary art (propaganda, e.g. ), contemporary comics ( , especially try paging through a 1940 WAR COMICS issue like this one: ), and post-war narratives (e.g., MAUS). If you’re interested in this sort of thing, here are some general resources & links:
    Same thing with slavery, yes! Now if only someone would assemble a resource list of all the race-oriented cartoons and illustrations that appeared throughout 19th century, before during & after American Civil War… !

  3. So many kids don’t even know American history let alone world history.I have homescooled my 4 kids and they can not believe some of their friends do not know too much.So sad.

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