Paired Texts > Nazi Summer Camp
We've identified these texts as great options for text pairings based on similar themes, literary devices, topic, or writing style. Supplement your lesson with one or more of these options and challenge students to compare and contrast the texts. To assign a paired text, click on the text to go to its page and click the "Assign Text" button there.
Gerald Ford's presidency began in 1974 – nearly 30 years after the end of WWII. In this speech, Ford discusses Japanese Internment, or the relocation and incarceration of Japanese Americans, during WWII. As Ford states in the speech, "We now know what we should have known then--not only was that evacuation wrong, but Japanese-Americans were and are loyal Americans."Pair “Confirming the Termination of Japanese Interment” with “Nazi Summer Camp” to give students further details regarding the treatment of Japanese-American during World War II. How does President Gerald R. Ford’s description of the Japanese-Americans’ treatment during the war compare to the depiction in “Nazi Summer Camp”?
In "Barack Obama's Nobel Lecture," Obama accepts the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize and discusses the complicated relationship between war and peace.Pair “Nazi Summer Camp” with “Barack Obama’s Nobel Lecture” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore war and peace. How does Obama discuss practicing justice during wartime? Do you think America achieved this during World War II? How does “Nazi Summer Camp” support this idea?
In this passage, Bacon discusses the notion of revenge, why some seek it, and the consequences of this fixation.Pair “Of Revenge” with “Nazi Summer Camp” and ask students to compare the two texts’ similar messages on revenge. Why is it important to not let revenge guide your decisions? How did the United States benefit from adhering to the Geneva Convention, rather than seeking revenge against their enemies?
In Hernando Téllez's short story "Lather and Nothing Else," a barber gives a military leader a shave while contemplating slitting his throat.Pair “Nazi Summer Camp” with “Lather and Nothing Else” and ask students to discuss how the people in the two texts struggle to do what is right. Why are some people tempted to mistreat Nazi POWs after POW camps are found in Germany? How does this compare to the narrator’s desire to kill Captain Torres? How and why do the people in the two texts resist the temptation for revenge?