This activity was devised by Christina Pascoe for the SHP depth study on Germany 1918-1945. It is used as the starter activity for an enquiry on women in Nazi Germany. The lesson in which the activity featured was rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, and was praised for the high level of student interest and engagement.
In order to help students understand Nazi views on women, and the diversity of women’s lives in Nazi Germany, Christina’s students took part in a ‘speed-dating’ session, with half the class taking the role of SS officers, and the other half different women.
When using this activity, it’s important to tell students that ‘speed-dating’ is recent phenomena and was unknown in Nazi Germany. Here it is simply used as a device to begin students’ thinking about the lives of women in Nazi Germany.
Guidance: Women in Nazi Germany [ click here ]
Resource 1: Character Cards [ click here ]