The Berlin Airlift

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After World War II, the Soviet Union and the Allied forces divided Germany into equal quadrants, but Joseph Stalin's increasing mistrust led to nearly 12 months of blocked access to West Berlin—and the 2.3 million people who still lived there. A thorough presentation guides learners through the Berlin Blockade with photographs, maps, and political cartoons from those first fateful months of the Cold War.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Use in a discussion on the Berlin Airlift or when introducing the post-World War II era in a world history lesson
  • Have class members write letters or journal entries from the point of view of a West Berliner during the Berlin Blockade, or from an Allied pilot in the airlift
Classroom Considerations

  • Most slides contain only pictures and headings, relying on the substance of the teacher's lesson to supplement the resource
  • Some slides include pictures of Holocaust victims, which may be upsetting to younger learners
  • Pupils should have prior knowledge of Joseph Stalin and the Soviet Union's relationship with Western countries
Pros

  • Provides a wealth of primary source materials
  • Answers several essential questions about the Berlin Blockade
Cons

  • None