The SS Quanza and European War Refugees

World War II not only resulted in major loss of life, but it also displaced thousands of people. An eye-opening activity uses primary documents to explore the refugee crisis during World War II. Scholars compare the event to modern-day refugee struggles using historical analysis, written questions, and group discussion. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have pupils write a journal entry from the perspective of a European refugee
  • Find firsthand experiences of European refugees fleeing World War II online to share with the class
Classroom Considerations
  • The activity includes an online component 
  • Resource is suited for remote learning situations
  • The activity includes additional resources to enhance learning 
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