World War II Vocabulary


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World War II Vocabulary

  1. 1. Mrs. Miles’ Social Studies Class World War II Vocabulary
  2. 2. January 4th Openers: 1.) The Great Depression was? A) A time of great prosperity B) A global economic crisis C) A time of trading D) A time of conflict 2.) In at least 3 sentences, describe what you think life was like during the Great Depression.
  3. 3. January 5th Openers: 1.) Which of the following countries was not apart of the Axis powers during WWII? A) Italy B) Germany C) Japan D) Soviet Union or the USSR Adolf Hitler was the leader of what country during World War II? A) Italy B) Germany C) Japan D) Soviet Union or the USSR
  4. 4. WWII Vocabulary Great Depression-- the global economic crisis of the 1930s Dictator-- a ruler who has total control Joseph Stalin– Took over control of the Soviet Union after Vladimir Lenin’s death. Stalin made all the economic decisions, restricted religious worship and used secret police to spy on the Soviet Union’s citizens.
  5. 5. WWI Vocabulary Benito Mussolini—dictator of Italy during WWII. He promised to make Italy stronger and to revive its economy. Adolf Hitler—leader of the Nazi party in Germany. He promised to strengthen Germany by rebuilding its military and economy. He discriminated against so-called inferior races, particularly Germany’s Jews.
  6. 6. WWII Vocabulary Axis Powers--the alliance of Germany, Italy, and Japan during WWII Allied Powers—the alliance of France, Great Britain, Soviet Union and the United States Blitzkrieg—German meaning “Lightening War”
  7. 7. WWII Vocabulary Propaganda--information distributed in order to persuade people to follow a cause Nazi--the German political party led by Hitler during WWII Aryans--people of German decent, claimed by Hitler to be a "master race"
  8. 8. WWII Vocabulary Genocide--the systematic killing of all the people from a national, ethnic, or religious group, or an attempt to do this Holocaust-- the attempt by the Nazi government of Germany to eliminate the Jewish people
  9. 9. WWII Vocabulary Concentration Camps-- Prison camps that held Jews, Gypsies, political and religious opponents of the Nazis during WWII. Many people died from starvation, slave labor, and disease in these camps. D-Day--the attack on the German controlled French coast on June 6, 1944 that marked a turning point in the war
  10. 10. WWII Vocabulary Superpowers--specifically the United States and the Soviet Union, strong nations capable of influencing many other countries