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WWII: Atrocities . Warm Up: Review HW Readings with your Partner . Discuss your answers to 1 & 2 of article 1? Does the author of article 1, think that fighting in WWII was just?

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WWII: Atrocities


Warm Up: Review HW Readings with your Partner

  • Discuss your answers to 1 & 2 of article 1?

  • Does the author of article 1, think that fighting in WWII was just?

  • In article 2, discuss why you think the author chose to describe the interaction between Billy & the doctor. Write down your ideas on your handout.


Just War

  • Post It #1: What have we seen in video clips and movies so far that makes you question whether war is worth fighting? Explain in 1-2 sentences

  • Post It #2: Find a quote from the text you read for homework that shows either authors view on war. Write it on a post it


Presentations: Axis Terrors

  • Stalin’s Great Terror

  • Kristallnact

  • Auschwitz

  • Battle of Stalingrad

  • Nanking Massacre


Why We Fight?

  • The Holocaust: Mass murder of Jews by Nazi’s during WWII

  • Genocide: Mass murder of a specific group of people

  • War Crimes: acts that violate normal customs and rules of war, usually extreme torture and killing of civilians or prisoners of war


Why We Fight?

  • What have we seen so far that convinces us that fighting this war was worth it?

  • By the end of today you will answer this question

    • Given what you have learned so far, would you be willing to go fight in the war?

    • Do you feel that it would be worth giving your life to fight against the enemy we were facing, even if it meant injury, mental damage or death?


Stalin & Soviet Russia

  • At least 6 Million people were deliberately murdered by Stalin between 1931-1945

    • None of these were killed in battles of WWII

    • 3 Million from Ukraine were starved to death


Hitler & Holocaust

  • About 12 million people were systematically murdered by the Nazis from 1939-1945

    • 5.6 million Jews

    • 6 Million other groups: Polish, Gypsies, Physically and Mentally Disabled


Japanese & Nanking

  • 300,000 people were killed in 1 city (Nanking) by the Japanese during 1937

    • None of these were deaths in battle

  • At least 20,000 Women were raped by Japanese soldiers


Text Study (4 groups of Primary Sources)

  • Group 1: 2x The Rape of Nanking

  • Group 2: 2x Eastern Europe Hitler to Stalin

    In your notes:

  • Title of your source

  • Primary or Secondary Source

  • Summary statement for each paragraph

  • Main Idea for the text

  • Underline 2-3 quotes that stand out

  • At least 1 questions this text makes you want to ask


What did we know?

  • The US Government has reports of what was going on in Germany

  • Some newspapers printed stories of what Hilter was doing and of the Rape of Nanking

  • Most of the population has no idea of the scale and the details of the the killing that was happening


Exit /Homework Reflection

  • Given what you have learned so far, would you be willing to go fight in the war?

  • Do you feel that it would be worth giving your life to fight against the enemy we were facing, even if it meant injury, mental damage or death?


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