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Lesson 2: Refugees Interned

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LESSON 2: REFUGEES INTERNED
Students will gain an understanding of the context in which German nationals living in Britain, including Jewish refugees from Nazism, were classified as “enemy aliens.”
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IMPLEMENTATION INFORMATION

TIME REQUIRED

Teachers should budget 20 - 50 minutes for each activity in the “Enemy Aliens” lesson guide, depending on available class time. Activities typically require 10-15 minutes of background reading or viewing, followed by a 10-40 minute reflective activity.

TEACHER PREPARATION

Make copies of “Readings: Fragile Roots” and “Enemy Aliens.” Distribute the readings to students or assign as homework.

Reproduce documents “Refugee from Nazi Oppression Certificate” and “Application for Consideration by Joint Recruiting Board.”
REFLECTING ON REFUGEES
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DOCUMENT ANALYSIS: "ENEMY ALIENS"
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VIDEO SCREENING: "COLLAR THE LOT"
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CLASS DEBATE
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EXTENSION: WARTIME PANICS
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Learning Objectives

Use Primary Source Evidence

Students analyze documents relating to Britain’s policies regarding German nationals following the outbreak of the Second World War, as well as the testimonies of former internees.

Take Historical Perspective

Students consider the idea of classifying and interning “enemy aliens” from the perspective of the British in 1940.

Understand the Ethical Dimensions of History

Students reflect on Britain’s decision to arrest and intern all German nationals.

Identify Continuity and Change

Students research other groups that have been “enemy aliens” during Canada’s wars. Did the policies change? Did the thinking change?