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Lesson 2: Refugees Interned


Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia


In March 1940, British Home Secretary Sir John Anderson stated:

“The newspapers are working up feelings about aliens. I shall have to do something about it, or we will be stampeded into an unnecessarily oppressive policy. It is very easy in war time to start a scare.”

Students write a journal response to this statement. They then research other historical or contemporary moments where wartime panic led to the persecution of a particular group. Students describe the perceived threat and the policies or actions undertaken as a response, and formulate a written response defending or arguing against the policies.
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