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Journey #1: The Holocaust

Prior Knowledge: 

  • My Hebrew name (after my grandfather's sister who perished in Holocaust)
  • Family lore (son survived in France and was in resistance)
  • Holiday postcard circa late 1920's (provided husband's name)

Wonders

  • What exactly happened to Tante Anna?
  • What were conditions like in Poland in 1938 for Jews?
  • Was Tante Anna's plan to come to the U.S. for a visit or to stay?
  • Was she coming alone or was there a plan for her family as well.?

Process

 

Journey #2: FDR, the State Department & the Refugee Crisis

Prior Knowledge:

  • Strict quotas regarding numbers of people let in
  • FDR did not believe U.S. should mix into affairs of another country
  • Focus on preparing for war rather than saving refugees

Wonders:

  • What was the process for obtaining a visa?
  • How long was the process?
  • How much influence did FDR have in possibly changing the system?
  • What was the role/influence of the State Department?
  • Were any changes made as the war progressed?

Process:

 Access through Cary Library

Journey #3: Congress & Foreign Policy in the 1930's

 

Prior Knowledge:

  • America wanted to appear neutral
  • Public sympathetic but not open to receiving immigrants
  • Antisemitism
  • More could have been done

Wonders:

  • Was there a refugee policy during this time period?
  • Why did the State Department make it more difficult during this time to come to the U.S.?
  • How much did the government know about the plight of Jews & others in Europe?

Process:

 Access through Cary Library

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