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Please summarize the plot of the movie in your own words and answer ONE of the questions below in English by commenting this blog post. The answers can be found from Antti’s lecture Prezi or by searching the Internet. Please be critical and offer your own opinions as well.

  1. What do you think were the reasons nazism became so popular in the 1930s?
  2. Do you think you would have become a supporter of the Nazi party in Germany in the 1930s? Why or why not?
  3. What was the Versailles peace treaty?
  4. Did Finland participate in the Holocaust?
  5. Who was Raoul Wallenberg?
  6. Who was Adolf Eichmann and how did he die?
  7. When, where and how did Adolf Hitler die?
  8. Do you think that “hate speech” should be illegal in Finland today? Why or why not?
  9. What was the Warzaw ghetto uprising?
  10. When and how was Auschwitz liberated?

Do either task 1, 2 or 3 by commenting on this blog post. Your own opinions and analyses are valuable to us!

  1. Watch these videos and then find out what the American Civil War was REALLY fought over and who was on which side. What happened after the war?
  2. Watch this video and then answer one or more of the following questions.
    • Do races exist?
    • How does racial segregation affect people’s lives?
    • What is the US Census and how has it categorized US citizens over time?
  3. Read what American President Thomas Jefferson has to say on the African race (primary source) and then answer one or more of the following questions:
    • In paragraph four, Jefferson said that it was “a suspicion only, that the blacks . . . are inferior to the whites in the endowments of both body and mind.” What does the rest of this text reveal about Jefferson’s thoughts on the African race?
    • What reasons did Jefferson give for his suspicion that Africans were inferior to whites? What are the problems and weaknesses of his argument?
    • Jefferson was a slaveholder who more than once spoke out about the evils of slavery. Yet he never freed his slaves. How might his attitudes regarding race have affected his apparently mixed feelings about slavery?

Please answer one of the following questions in your comment. Don’t forget to mention your sources and try to find some primary sources if you can!

  1. Read The National Party’s Color Policy (1948). How was apartheid justified? What do you think about the arguments?
  2. Read The Case for Apartheid (1953) and find out what this orator has in common with Hitler’s arguments. Compare and constrast.
  3. What do you think Stephen Biko’s philosophy was in the struggle against apartheid? Watch the interview (video) and read his biography.
  4. Read this article, “The Death of Stephen Biko,” and briefly summarize it. How did his death affect the nation and the struggle?
  5. Find out what the Freedom Charter refers to and justify which part of the charter you think is the most important.
  6. Read this article “Soweto Student Uprising” and briefly summarize it. What would you have done as a student in a similar situation?
  7. What was the Truth and Reconciliation Commission? Do you think it was the right solution after Apartheid, why/why not?
  8. Read about armed struggle against apartheid. Was violence really necessary in your opinion?
  9. What was life like as a white South African if you opposed the system? Study up on one of the following: Johnny Clegg, Andre Brink or Donald Woods.
  10. Briefly summarize Life as a Political Prisoner. Would you have survived decades in prison? Why / why not?
  11. Research international news. What is going on in South Africa today? Has the Truth and Reconciliation Commission succeeded? Are there any problems that reflect on history?

Answer one of questions 1-5 and one of questions 6-13.

First, find out who Anne Frank was. Go to annefrank.org and Wikipedia Anne Frank and find out who Anne Frank was. Then read an excerpt from The Diary of a Young Girl. Read what Anne Frank wrote in her diary on Saturday June 20th 1942. Please notice that she wrote two entries on that day. You can read the book online here. Finally, in your comment answer ONE of the questions below.

  1. What kind of family did Anne Frank come from?
  2. When and where did Anne Frank die?
  3. What kind of place is the museum Anne Frank House?
  4. How was the Frank family hidden from the Nazis?
  5. Why do you think The Diary of a Young Girl has become so well-known?

Antti’s Prezi on the Holocaust

Please answer ONE of the questions below in English by commenting this blog post. The answers can be found from Antti’s lecture or by searching the Internet. Please be critical and offer your own opinions as well.

  1. What do you think were the reasons Nazism became so popular in the 1930s?
  2. Do you think you would have become a supporter of the Nazi Party in Germany in the 1930s? Why or why not?
  3. What was the Versailles Peace Treaty?
  4. Did Finland participate in the Holocaust?
  5. Who was Raoul Wallenberg?
  6. Who was Adolf Eichmann and how did he die?
  7. When, where and how did Adolf Hitler die?
  8. Do you think that “hate speech” should be illegal in Finland today? Why or why not?

Please answer one of the following questions. One sentence answers are not acceptable.

  1. How did Christianity come to Finland?
  2. Who were bishop Henrik and Lalli?
  3. What was the Club War (also the Cudgel War) and who was Jaakko Ilkka?
  4. How, when and why did Finland become a part of the Russian empire?
  5. Who were general-governor Bobrikov and Eugen Schauman?
  6. The first parliamentary elections in Finland were held in 1907. Why did these elections have world-historical significance?
  7. What happened in Russia before the Finnish declaration of independence?
  8. What happened in the Finnish civil war in 1918?
  9. What kind of a movement was Lapuan like and who was Vihtori Kosola?
  10. What happened in the Winter War (1939-1940)?
  11. What happened in the Continuation War (1941-1944)?

Please answer one of the following questions in your comment. Don’t forget to mention your sources and try to find some primary sources if you can!

  1. Read The National Party’s Color Policy (1948). How was apartheid justified? What do you think about the arguments?
  2. Read The Case for Apartheid (1953) and find out what this orator has in common with Hitler’s arguments. Compare and constrast.
  3. What do you think Stephen Biko’s philosophy was in the struggle against apartheid? Watch the interview (video) and read his biography.
  4. Read this article, “The Death of Stephen Biko,” and briefly summarize it. How did his death affect the nation and the struggle?
  5. Find out what the Freedom Charter refers to.
  6. Read this article “Soweto Student Uprising” and briefly summarize it. What would you have done as a student in a similar situation?
  7. What was the Truth and Reconciliation Commission?
  8. Read about armed struggle against apartheid. Was violence really necessary in your opinion?
  9. What do you think life as a white South African was like if you opposed the system?
  10. Briefly summarize Life as a Political Prisoner. Would you have survived decades in prison? Why / why not?
  11. Research international news. What is going on in South Africa today? Has the Truth and Reconciliation Commission succeeded? Are there any problems that reflect on history?

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