by George Catlett Marshall
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Charter of the United Nations
“The Charter of the United Nations” is an international treaty that was signed on June 26, 1945 by 50 countries around the world. In that same year, World War II officially ended on September 2, 1945. The U.N. was formed to protect human rights across the world, after witnessing the atrocities committed in both world wars, and to take step forward to international peace.Pair “A Speech Outlining the Marshall Plan” and “Charter of the United Nations” and ask students to compare the intentions outlined in both texts. What do the missions of each piece reveal about American and international relations following WWII?
Oldest Known Holocaust Survivor Dies; Pianist Was 110
- Mark Memmot
Alice Herz-Sommer was a British pianist who survived a Nazi concentration camp and lived to be 110. Throughout her life, Herz-Sommer maintained an extraordinary capacity for forgiveness and understanding—despite everything she witnessed and experienced.Pair the Marshall Plan Speech with "Oldest Known Holocaust Survivor Dies," and ask students to evaluate what reaction Alice Herz-Sommer and other Holocaust survivors may have had to the Marshall Plan.
The Marshall Plan
- Mike Kubic
“The Marshall Plan” explains the circumstances surrounding the eponymous proposal, which was designed to facilitate the economic and political growth of Europe following the extensive destruction caused by World War II.Pair “Marshall Plan Speech” with “The Marshall Plan” and ask students to compare the differing representations of the European Recovery Plan. How does the tone of Marshall’s discourse compare with that of the article? Do you think any differences can be explained by the dissimilar forms or intentions of the pieces, or perhaps by the times at which they were written? Does the article adequately capture the sense of immediacy evident in the speech delivered at Harvard in 1947?
President Reagan's Speech at the Brandenburg Gate
- President Ronald Reagan
In “President Reagan’s Speech at the Brandenburg Gate”, President Ronald Reagan implores General Secretary Gorbachev to take down the Berlin Wall (“tear down this wall!”) and reunite East and West Germany.Pair “Marshall Plan Speech” with “President Reagan’s Speech at Brandenburg Gate” and ask students to discuss American influence, aid, and presence in other countries after WWII. Was this support ultimately beneficial to Germany and the rest of Europe? Ask students to consider the Marshall Plan Speech from the perspective of Reagan and Gorbachev, or an East German and a West German. What did individuals think of the plan in light of the speech that Reagan made at the Brandenburg Gate? What were the consequences of American interference?