Assignment #11 – World War I I
Step 1: Watch – “Memory of the Camps” online
Step 2: Read – “A People’s War?” from A People’s History
Step 3: Watch – “On Our Watch” online
Step 4: Complete the Discussion Board
Fifty one years ago camera crews with the British and
American armies entered the Nazi death camps and filmed the
horror they found there. For decades that film was stored in
the archives of the Imperial War Museum in London. The
documentary was unfinished with missing sound tracks. But the
directors, including Alfred Hitchcock, had developed a script to
go with the pictures. Frontline presented that film unedited, as
close as possible to what the producers intended over a halfcentury ago.
They made it as a document to serve our collective memory.
After viewing “Memory of the Camps,” how has your
understanding of World War II changed? What are your thoughts
surrounding this genocide that claimed the lives of nearly 12 million
“undesirables” (including not only Jews, but also, Africans, Asians,
the physically and mentally challenged, homosexuals, gypsies, and
on and on the list could go of all the groups singled out by Hitler
and the Third Reich) from throughout the European continent?
By the end of the war, as stated in the film, “the dead [had]
been buried. It remains for us to care for these, the living. It
remains for us to hope that Germans may help mend what they
have broken, and cleanse what they have befouled. Thousands of
German people were made to see for them- selves, to bury the
dead, to file past the victims. This was the end of the journey
they had so confidently begun in 1933. Twelve years? No, in terms
of barbarity and brutality they had traveled backwards for
Unless the world learns the lesson these pictures teach, night will
fall. But, by God’s grace, we who live will learn.”
The world vowed “never again” after the genocide in World War
II, and again in Rwanda and the atrocities in Srebrenica, Bosnia.
Then came Darfur. Over the past four years, at least 200,000
people have been killed, 2.5 million driven from their homes, and
mass rapes have been used as a weapon in a brutal campaign –
supported by the Sudanese government – against civilians in
Have we learned?
Respond to these questions of from 150 words to 300 words