Heroes and Villains
The Self-Deception of Irma Grese
Students will explore the vice of self-deception in civil society in this lesson on civic virtue. Students will examine the life of Nazi Irma Grese who was an ordinary young woman who joined the Nazis and perpetrated great crimes in Auschwitz during the Holocaust. Students will analyze a historical narrative, discussion guide, photographs, and other activities to try to understand how an ordinary person could have deceived herself to adopt an ideology of hatred through blind obedience and its consequences.
A set of actions and habits necessary for the safe, effective, and mutually beneficial participation in a society.
Every individual is equal to every other person in regards to natural rights and treatment before the law.
Individuals must take care of themselves and their families and be vigilant to preserve their liberty.
Except where authorized by citizens through the Constitution, the government does not have the authority to limit freedom.
Majority Rule / Minority Rights
Laws may be made with the consent of the majority but only to the point where they do not infringe on the inalienable rights of the minority.