HIS 102
Unit 13:  World War II
Camp Tower
Russian veteran

I wanted to include these two photos about the Second World War.  The photo on the right is a Russian veteran pausing to remember--you don't celebrate--the Allied victory in Europe which came at such an enormous cost for the Russians.  (See my remarks on Russia and World War II.)  The photo dates from about 1960 or so.  The photo on the left is a nasty legacy of the American experience in World War II.  These are surviving towers from a Japanese-American internment camp where American citizens of Japanese descent were imprisoned during the war.

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What you must do in this unit What you can do in this unit Some videos that you can watch for this unit Extra Credit Options
  • Take the short 5-point quiz for chapter 26. Log into Blackboard and look under "Chapter Quizzes." You have five minutes to complete each quiz (multiple-choice questions).
  • For a maximum of 50 points extra credit, read Neville Chamberlain's Peace For Our Time speech (30 September, 1938; transcription) and then his comments on the agreement in the House of Commons and write a one-page paper examining Chamberlain's intent and rationale for the Munich agreements.
  • For a maximum of 50 points extra credit, read the Documents on the Decision to Drop the Bomb and write a one-page paper summarizing some of the pros and cons of the decision to use the atomic bomb in 1945.
  • For a maximum of 50 points extra credit, in a one-page paper What types of evidence did the allied prosecutors bring against the Nazi leaders in the proceedings at Nuremberg?
  • For a maximum of 25 points extra credit (maybe more), in a long paragraph, What should people do now in respect to the atrocities that occurred before and during World War II?
  • For 25 points maximum extra credit, read A. Anatolii [Kuznetsov], Babi Yar (1967, published in Moscow by Molodaia Gvardiia) and write a long paragraph explaining why that horror occurred.
  • For 25 points maximum extra credit, read the materials on Nazi-Soviet Relations 1939-1941 and write a short paragraph explaining why Germany and Russia maintained their alliance for two years.
  • For a maximum of 25 points extra credit, read Vyacheslav Molotov (1889-1986) broadcast on the Invasion of The Soviet Union (June 22, 1941) and write a paragraph explaining the key points of Molotov's speech.  Note that it was Molotov, not Stalin, who announced that the Soviet Union was now at war with Germany.
  • For a maximum of 25 points extra credit, read Adolf Hitler Reichstag Speech, (February 20, 1938) and in a paragraph explain your interpretation of Hitler's remarks.
  • For a maximum of 25 points extra credit, read Chamberlain's speech on the Nazi Invasion of Poland (1 September 1939; transcription) and in a paragraph examine what Chamberlain must have been thinking as he faced his colleagues in the House of Commons.
  • Watch Leni Riefenstahl's documentary film Triumph des Willens (Triumph of the Will) and answer the movie study questions for a maximum of 10 points extra credit.  Please write in formal, complete sentences.
  • For extra credit, please suggest a relevant website for this unit of the course.  Send the title of the site, the url and a brief explanation why you find the information interesting and applicable to the material being studied this unit.

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