History resources for South African Teachers
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From the Cold War to the Russian Revolution-bits and pieces from the Net that you might find useful, courtesy of the Reeler Centre at Pinelands High School  (If you would like to receive a weekly newsletter of the latest items in this Scoop just mail me at avanzyl@phs.org.za)
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Dateline Explains: Who is Mohammed bin Salman? I SBS Dateline

Published on Dec 4, 2018
Saudi Arabia’s young crown prince Mohammed bin Salman was praised for sweeping reforms that railed against the country’s longstanding conservatism. Yet, when news broke Jamal Khashoggi’s alleged murder in Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Turkey, the world’s gaze turned towards the conservative desert Kingdom. So who is the real Mohammed Bin Salman?

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Kamwe Kamwe - Inside Burundi’s Killing Machine I BBC Africa Eye

Published on Dec 3, 2018
Former Burundian intelligence agents say that the country’s security services are running secret torture and detention sites to silence dissent. Using cutting edge reconstruction techniques BBC Africa Eye examines one house in particular, which was filmed in a video posted on social media in 2016. A red liquid, which looked like blood, was seen pouring from its gutter. We ask if Burundi’s repression of opponents has now gone underground? The government has always denied any human rights violations, and declined to comment for this report.

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Cross-dressing among Nazi soldiers | DW Feature

Published on Nov 24, 2018
Homosexuality was a crime in Nazi Germany. Still, artist Martin Dammann found so many Nazi-era photos of Wehrmacht soldiers in drag that he published an entire book of them. What do the photos tell us about sexuality in the Wehrmacht? Why was cross-dressing so prevalent among Nazi-era soldiers?

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In 1939 the Nazis Held a Rally at Madison Square Garden I Topic

Published on Nov 23, 2018
In this chilling short film created from archival footage, watch a piece of history that most of us would like to forget: when 20,000 Americans gathered at Madison Square Garden in 1939 to Sieg heil in front of the Stars and Stripes.

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 Meet one of the unsung heroes of Civil Rights, Gloria Richardson I TOPIC

Published on Nov 14, 2018
Meet Gloria Richardson, one of the unsung heroes of Civil Rights and a forceful presence to this day.

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Who should own South Africa's land? - BBC News

Published on Nov 18, 2018
Twenty five years ago this month South Africa’s leaders agreed an historic constitution that paved the way for the end of white rule.
But despite the end of apartheid, the majority of land remains under white ownership. South Africa’s ANC government says the solution lies in enforced land redistribution.

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World War 1 Explained (2/4): The African perspective | DW English

Published on Nov 10, 2018
More than two million Africans, civilians and soldiers alike, were killed in World War One. In Europe and in Africa itself, thousands of Africans were forced into service for their colonial masters. The consequences are still in evidence today.

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What would you do when faced with your enemy? - Armistice Day - BBC

Published on Nov 11, 2018
Three men describe the moments that stuck with them from their time fighting in the First World War.

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History vs. Henry VIII I TED-Ed

Published on Nov 12, 2018
He was a powerful king whose break with the church of Rome would forever change the course of English history. But was he a charismatic reformer who freed his subjects from a corrupt establishment or a bullying tyrant who used Parliament for his own personal gain? Mark Robinson and Alex Gendler put this controversial figure on trial in History vs. Henry VIII.

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Archaeologists dig mass graves of Spanish Civil War era I Al Jazeera

Published on Nov 14, 2018
Mass graves are being excavated in Spain in the search of the remains of more than 2,000 victims of the Franco regime.
It's estimated that more than 110,000 people were killed and their bodies dumped across the country during the rule of Francisco Franco, a military dictator. The digging follows a government announcement of a plan to exhume the bodies for reburial.
Al Jazeera's Karl Penhaul reports from Paterna, Spain.

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Large-Scale Portraits of WWI Soldiers Crafted on Beaches in UK I VOA

Published on Nov 11, 2018
Armistice Day, the last official day of World War I, is annually observed on Nov. 11. For this, the 100th commemoration, a British film director and the UK's official arts program marked the day with artwork called "Pages of the Sea," which honors soldiers who fought in World War I. Arash Arabasadi reports.

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World War I centenary: Here is why Germany is not holding ceremonies l Al Jazeera

Published on Nov 11, 2018
Germany will be one of the few European countries not holding ceremonies in the remembrance of World War I.
More than two million people died fighting for Germany in the first world war. For many people, it's the effects of the second world war which have defined how they remember the dead.

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World War 1 Explained (1/4): The Aftermath in Europe | DW English

Published on Nov 10, 2018
The end of World War One changed the world order, as revolutions toppled empires across Europe and new borders were drawn across the world. The losers, forced to pay reparations, faced poverty that created conditions for a second, equally terrible, war.

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A useful four-part series on WWI. You can view the other three episodes here

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I Found The Hidden Place My Great-Grandfather Was Murdered In The Holocaust I BuzzFeed

Published on Dec 8, 2018
Eric Tabach travels to Ukraine with his mother and grandfather to discover the place where his great-grandfather was murdered in the holocaust. Eric learns about the story of Babi Yar, which was the largest single massacre in the history of the Holocaust.

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Meet the KGB Spies Who Invented Fake News | NYT Opinion

Published on Nov 19, 2018
In Episode 1 of Operation InfeKtion, we reveal how one of the biggest fake news stories ever concocted — the 1984 AIDS-is-a-biological-weapon hoax — went viral in the pre-Internet era. Meet the KGB cons who invented it, and the “truth squad” that quashed it.

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Pyongyang calling: we spent a week in North Korea I The Guardian

Published on Nov 24, 2018
In rare footage of the North Korean capital, the Guardian gained an insight into what daily life is like for its citizens. Escorted by government minders at all times we were invited to visit a nursery, zoo, swimming pool, funfair, parks, factories, festivals and more, but were left questioning if anything was real. After returning to the UK, Emma Graham-Harrison reflects on what it's like spending a week immersed in a personality cult

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The Ending of World War I: The Road to 11 November I Gresham College

Published on Nov 21, 2018
This lecture will re-examine how the First World War ended, anticipating the centenary commemorations in 2018. It will discuss both why Germany requested a ceasefire, and why the Allies and America granted one. It will argue that the German army was near collapse, and that Germany was not defeated by a 'stab in the back' at home. None the less, the Allies had good reasons not to press on to Berlin.

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Khmer Rouge leaders convicted for genocide in Cambodia | Al Jazeera English

Published on Nov 17, 2018
They murdered, enslaved, and tortured their fellow citizens in Cambodia and Vietnam during the 1970s, but now, two top officials of the Khmer Rouge have also been found guilty of genocide. A UN-backed tribunal has delivered a historic judgement against two of Pol Pot's deputies Nuon Chea, and Khieu Samphan, sentencing both to life in prison.

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The facial prosthetics of World War I VOX

Published on Nov 8, 2018
Why World War I's wounded needed a sculptor. World War I’s horrors not only resulted in death, but severe disfigurement. When plastic surgeons were unable to heal the wounded, a unique solution came in play: sculpting. Facial prostheses in World War I were a new solution to a difficult problem, and sculptor and writer Anna Coleman Ladd led these efforts for the American Red Cross in France. She made more than 150 masks for the wounded in an effort to provide some semblance of normalcy after their severe injuries.

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Andrew van Zyl's curator insight, November 8, 9:07 AM

This video might be useful if you are teaching WWI poetry.

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Arthur sees his first dead body in the trenches  - BBC

Published on Nov 11, 2018
Arthur Roberts was one of thousands of black soldiers who fought in WWI. His diary provides a unique account of life in the trenches and inspires the poet Jackie Kay.

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How Lord of the Rings director brought colour to WW1 - BBC

Published on Nov 11, 2018
A behind the scenes look at how director Peter Jackson created his WWI documentary, They Shall Not Grow Old, using the latest techniques to colourise and restore archive footage.

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100 years after World War I | DW Documentary

Published on Nov 12, 2018
One hundred years have passed since the end of World War I. To keep the memory of it alive, young people can volunteer for what's known as the Peace Service. DW followed a group of high-school students from Kassel who took part.

The World War I project will keep the students busy for one year. Rebecca Böhmer and Christoph Sentis are two high school students from Kassel who have volunteered to research the story of a soldier, who used to go to their school before becoming a soldier and falling in the war.

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Commemorations Muted as Germany Reflects on World War Lessons I VOA

Published on Nov 7, 2018
In villages, towns and cities across Europe, remembrance ceremonies will be held Sunday to mark the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month -- one hundred years since the armistice brought an end to the fighting in World War I. But in Germany, there will be no grand commemorations of the events of 1918. As Henry Ridgwell reports, many Germans focus instead on the lessons learned from the world wars, as their country has emerged as a key power at the heart of Europe.

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World War I centenary: Lessons from the Battle of Verdun l Al Jazeera English

Published on Nov 11, 2018
The guns may have fallen silent 100 years ago, but the effect of World War I is still etched on the memories. Hundreds of thousands of soldiers had lost their lives in Verdun during one of the history's bloodiest battles. The front lines have now moved from Europe to places such as Yemen and Syria. But the lessons learned from the "war to end all wars" still apply.

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Israel honors individuals who helped Jews in Third Reich | DW Deutsch

Published on Nov 8, 2018
Israel's ambassador to Germany presented awards to Germans who risked their lives to help Jews in the Third Reich. Their actions made the difference between life and death for many people. Among those honored were the actor, Hans Söhnker, who hid many Jews in Berlin. DW spoke with one of them.

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