Paired Texts > Jewish Refugees on the St. Louis
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In "Elie Wiesel's 'The Perils of Indifference' Speech," the Holocaust survivor discusses the consequences of acting indifferently towards the suffering of others.Pair “Elie Wiesel’s ‘The Perils of Indifference’ Speech” with “Jewish Refugees on the St. Louis” and ask students to compare the events described in the two texts. How do the tones of the two texts differ? Was the United States right to value their own economic security over the livelihood of refugees?
In "America's Shifting Views on Immigration," Mike Kubic discusses the history of immigration in the United States, from immigrants' initial passage through Ellis Island to immigration today.Pair “America’s Shifting Views on Immigration” with “Jewish Refugees on the St. Louis” to provide students with additional information regarding immigration policy in the United States. What additional reasons does the text provide regarding the United States’ strict immigration policies?
In the informational text "5 Surprising Facts about the Refugee Crisis," Jason Beaubien discusses refugee crises around the world and how countries are responding to them.Pair “Jewish Refugees on the St. Louis” with “5 Surprising Facts about the Refugee Crisis” and ask students to discuss how the two refugee crises compare. How do countries’ approaches to aiding refugees today compare to their approaches in the past? How do both texts explore the consequences of not accepting refugees? Do students think that America has learned anything from its past responses to refugee crises?
In the memoir "Door to Freedom," Jacalyn Pauer describes her husband Pal's experiences after the war in Hungary and how he got his immigration papers for America.Pair “Jewish Refugees on the St. Louis” with “Door to Freedom” to provide students with additional information about obstacles refugees face. How do both texts emphasize the difficulty of entering another country as a refugee? What happened to the refugees on the St. Louis who were turned away? What do students think happened to the Hungarian refugees who were never allowed into the embassy?
In "The Pocket Watch," a magical Bar Mitzvah present from his grandpa teaches a boy an important lesson about his Jewish heritage. Pair “Jewish Refugees on the St. Louis” with “The Pocket Watch” to give students additional context about the history of anti-Semitism and Jewish immigration to the United States. According to “Jewish Refugees on the St. Louis,” why were the Jewish refugees fleeing Europe? Why were they turned away when they reached the United States? How does the experience of the Jewish refugees in “Jewish Refugees on the St. Louis” compare to the experience of Daniel’s ancestors in “The Pocket Watch”? How can fiction and nonfiction teach us about history in different ways?