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Subject: History

Grade: 9-12

Brief Description

Students will look at the dates and impact of various responses to Nazi activity.


  • Students will look at the timeline on the Spread the Light website for dates when there was a response to crimes against Jews.
  • Students will consider questions about the events.

Key words

Convene, refugees, response

Lesson Plan

Look at the timeline on the Spread the Light website for answers to these questions:

  • When did the U.S. convene a League of Nations conference to consider helping Jews fleeing Hitler? What help came from the conference?
  • In May of 1939, what countries turned away a ship with 930 Jewish refugees?
  • In February of 1943 the Romanian government offers to send 70,000 Jews to Palestine. What was the response from Britain and the United States?



Read your answers in class. Discuss the questions below.

Discussion Questions

  • Is it hard to hear about these events? Why or why not?
  • What do you think Dr. Fisch would say about people acting more like government officials than human beings?
  • Does hearing about these events make you more sympathetic toward current refugees in the world? Why or why not?

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