Here is the worksheet created to accompany the Evidence File and scaffold the construction of students' arguments in preparation for the writing of the newspaper editorial and the spectrum and debate activity.
The Auschwitz Protocols , also known as the Auschwitz Reports , is a collection of three eyewitness reports from 1943-44 about the mass murder that was taking place inside the Auschwitz concentration camp in German-occupied Poland during the Second World War.
Although Wikipedia is a terrible stopping point for research, this article contains some excellent background information for answering the questions of 'What did the Allies know?' and 'When did the Allies know it?'
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Abstract: The Allies did not bomb Auschwitz as requested in 1944, and this has come to symbolise in the popular mind callous indifference to—or even complicity in—the crimes the Nazis committed there, and indeed all of the failures of American and British refugee policy from at least 1938. Such a perspective was promoted by David Wyman in a 1978 article and a 1984 book. Unfortunately these contain, in Dr. Levy's judgment, numerous mistakes, misrepresenting 1944 opinion (jewish and non–jewish, civilian and military), making many errors when discussing the operational problems and ignoring the command problems that would have been involved, and—against considerable evidence—claiming that bombing the gas chambers and crematoria would have saved many lives. This article presents contrary evidence and conclusions.
Most “what if” scenarios begin with a plausible rewrite of a historical event; the bombing of Auschwitz does not. As the historical record makes clear, those who could have authorized the attack firmly rejected the idea.
Marianne Hicks's insight:
We use this alternate history passage to engage students with the question of whether the Allies should have bombed Auschwitz or not.
Lili Jacob stumbled across a photographic album detailing the transportation of the Jews to Auschwitz. This rare set of primary sources is one of the few photographic accounts evidencing the arrival of the Jews to the Nazi death camps.
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Marianne Hicks's insight:
Elie Wiesel survived Auschwitz and this book outlines his experience in the Nazi depth camps.
From Amazon: "Night is Elie Wiesel's masterpiece, a candid, horrific, and deeply poignant autobiographical account of his survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps. This new translation by Marion Wiesel, Elie's wife and frequent translator, presents this seminal memoir in the language and spirit truest to the author's original intent. And in a substantive new preface, Elie reflects on the enduring importance of Night and his lifelong, passionate dedication to ensuring that the world never forgets man's capacity for inhumanity to man."
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