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Lesson 2: Refugees Interned

VanHolEdu

Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia

CLASS DEBATE

In early 1940, the British Cabinet debated about whether to intern German “enemy aliens,” including refugees from Nazism.

Stage a debate in the classroom, as a “4 Corners Debate.” Students are to engage in the debate as if is the spring of 1940, when the threat of a German invasion of Britain seemed likely.

Present students with the statement: Britain should intern all German nationals, including refugees of Nazism.

Ask students if they agree or disagree, and to write a paragraph or list of points explaining their opinion. In the meantime, post four signs around the room: Strongly Agree, Agree, Disagree and Strongly Disagree.

Ask students to stand under the sign that describes their opinion. Allow for debate; encourage students to justify and explain their position; students are able to move between positions.

Debrief the process. Consider how the debate would be different if argued from the perspective of the present day. In the post-debate discussion, consider how shifting historical perspectives affects understanding of the issues.
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