Students will collect information about media stories or
eye-witness reports of Nazi activities.
- Students will look at the timeline on the Spread the Light
website for dates when Nazi activity was witnessed and/or reported.
- Students will consider questions about the events.
Timeline, refugee, witness, respond
Look at the timeline on the Spread the Light website for answers to
- What did the New York Times report in May of 1942? Where did the
article appear in the paper?
- What did the New York Times report in June of 1942? How many
months later did U.S. President Roosevelt create the War Refugee
Board to help Jews under Nazi control?
- Find another example on the timeline of a time when someone
witnessed and/or reported violence against Jews. Who were the
witnesses? What did they see? Did they report what they’d seen?
Read your answers and example in class. Discuss the questions
- Why do you think it took so long for America to respond to what
was happening to Jews in Europe?
- Do you think people completely believed what they were reading?
Why or why not?
- If you had read the articles in The New York Times, what might you
have done to demand action?