Myths and misconceptions

What are the common myths and misconceptions about the Holocaust?

A series of short films presented by Stephen Feinberg, from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, explore the  myths and misconceptions about the Nazi period and the Holocaust that students may bring with them to the classroom.

‘Hitler did everything in the Holocaust’
‘Hitler was part Jewish’
‘Hitler was a latent homosexual’
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‘Hitler was elected leader of Germany’
‘Hitler survived the war’
‘All Nazis were monsters’
‘All Germans were Nazis/ all Germans were perpetrators’
‘The Nazi state was absolutely totalitarian’
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‘Nazi euphemisms reflect reality’
‘You can teach the Holocaust through a study of Jews and Judaism’
‘Only Jews were victims of Nazi crimes’
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‘Jews did not resist the Nazis’
‘The king of Denmark/ the Danish people donned the yellow star in solidarity with their Jewish citizens’
‘All camps were alike’ (part 1)
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‘All camps were alike’ (part 2)
‘Every concentration camp had a tattooing system and all inmates at all camps were tattooed’
‘The Nazis routinely made soap out of human fat and lampshades out of human skin’
‘You can study the war separately from the Holocaust’
‘The Nazis lost the war because too many resources were diverted to implementing the Holocaust’
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‘I already know all about the Holocaust because I have read The Diary of Anne Frank or Night by Elie Wiesel’
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