trial question is ‘Are the Nazis guilty of starting the fire?’
pupils act as lawyers for the defence and prosecution. Ten students act
are 4 witnesses for the prosecution: Shirer,
Halder, Koestler and Rauschning. There
are 6 witnesses for the defence: Lubbe, Roth,
Sack, Wingurth, Hayes, Delmer
10 witnesses click on the name of their character and
work out the answers to the questions. Then they learn the answers –
witnesses must remember: they are not allowed to read out their
a witness gives the ‘wrong’ answer, it is no big deal – that happens
in real trials, too! Pupils
who are not ‘witnesses’ will be the ‘jury’ at the ‘trial’. See
the video of the
role-play at the International School of Toulouse:
Teachers may prefer print the witness
and lawyer sheets as
documents. This will allow the activity to take place without internet
prosecution goes first. One
by one, it calls its 4 witnesses.
The prosecution ‘lawyer’ asks the witness the first block of questions
(ie those in blue). The defence ‘cross-examines’ the witness by asking
the second block of questions (in red).
defence goes next. One by one, it calls its 6 witnesses – in the best
order it can. The prosecution ‘lawyer’ asks the witness the first
block of questions (ie those in red). The defence ‘cross-examines’ the
witness by asking the second block of questions (in blue).
all the witnesses have given their evidence, the two lawyers give their
summaries and appeal to the jury. The
jury, meet, discuss and vote.