Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Socials 11: The Air War, Conscription and the Holocaust

Today we started by revisiting the sketchnotes on the air war (see yesterday's post).  We also debriefed Ex #11.  We don't go into too much detail with the Holocaust in this course; we examine it in more detail in History 12.  We did note that there was a difference in the Nazi treatment of the Jewish and other groups after 1942 when the Final Solution was put into place.  The Allies were shocked when they came to the camps during the liberation of the occupied territories at the end of the war.  American General Patton had his soldiers force local German civilians and civic leaders to visit the extermination camps so that they were fully aware of the genocide that had occurred: there would be no "stab in the back" theories tolerated this time around. We must remember yesterday's lesson however; Canada's anti-Semitic and discriminatory policies (both official and unofficial) are a regrettable part of our country's past.

Next, we watched the two People's History segments on the conscription crisis. Remember King's post-plebicite slogan: "Conscription if necessary but not necessarily conscription." We ended the class by getting started on a paragraph on the crisis.  Note: this topic is a must know - it often appears in tests.  It is an important event in understanding French-English relations in Canada.

Tomorrow we'll tackle the Home Front.  Please have a short conscription paragraph ready.

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