This is a primary source based exercise using the Program of the Nazi Party, as proclaimed by Hitler on February 24, 1920. The various points of the program have been laid out in a grid format, so that students can try to categorize the Nazi party's aims. I have suggested that they can be categorized as follows: V – Opposing the Treaties of Versailles, R – Issues to do with Race and Citizenship, E – Economic (to do with how money is made), S – Making changes to society, and G – Making changes to the government. This coding appears on the grid in instructions to the students.
The pdf document contains a worksheet which can be printed. Students can work through to categorize the various points according to the key I suggested. It also includes my suggestions as to the correct answers, although some of these might be open to interpretation. I always allowed my students to argue their case if they disagreed with me.
I think this document is extremely valuable in demonstrating to students, that almost immediately after the loss of World War One, the Nazi Party shows its colors. This early document demonstrates their intentions very clearly, especially with regard to items 4-9, which shows that they plan to systematically remove Jews from the national life.
The original text of the program can be found at: http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Program_of_the_NSDAP.