Assignment #11 – World War II
STEP #1 – WATCH — Memory of the Camps
Please click the link to watch the film, “Memory of the Camps” online.
STEP #2 – READ — A People’s War?
Please read chapter 16, “A People’s War?” from Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States.
STEP #3 – WATCH — On Our Watch
Please click the image to take you to the website for “On Our Watch.” Follow the links to take you to the film online
STEP #4 – COMPLETE THE DISCUSSION BOARD ASSIGNMENT (LINK)
Be sure to not only include 5 things you found interesting in your reading but please also address the questions in this prompt;
Fifty one years ago camera crews with the British and American armies entered the Nazi death camps and filmed the horror they found there. For decades that film was stored in the archives of the imperial War museum in London. The documentary was unfinished with missing sound tracks. But the directors including Alfred Hitchcock, had developed a script to go with the pictures. Frontline presented that film unedited, as close as possible to what the producers intended over a half-century ago. They made it as a document to serve our collective memory.
After viewing Memory of the camps how has your understanding off world war II changed?
What are your thoughts surrounding this genocide that claimed the lives of nearly 12 million undesirables (Including not only jews, but also Africans, Asians, the physically and mentally challenged homosexuals, gypsies and on and on the list could go of all the groups singled out by Hitler and the Third Reich) from throughout the European continent?
By the end of war as stated in the film the dead has been buried. It remains for us to care for these, the living. It remains for us to hope that Germans may help mend what they have broken, and cleanse what they have befouled. Thousands of German people were made to see for themselves, to bury the dead, to file past the victims. This was the end of the journey they had so confidently begun in 1933. Twelve years? No in terms of barbarity and brutality they had traveled backwards for 12000 years.
Unless the world learns the lesson these pictures teach, night will fall. But by God’s Grace we who live will learn. The world vowed ‘never again after the genocide in world war II and again in Rwanda and the altrocities in Srebrenica Bosnia. Then came Darfur. Over the past four years at least 200,000 people have been killed 2.5 million driven from their homes, and mass rapes have been used as a weapon in a brutal campaign – supported by the sudanese government again civilians in Darfur.