Obviously, World War II affected the entire world; thus the name. However, it continues to fascinate people beyond the shocking beginning, the horrific middle and the end that was too long in coming. Today, movies, articles, books, and poems are still dedicated to World War II in some way. Why is this? Carefully read through the article of your choice and the book summaries. Watch the movie trailer. Finally, create a Google Document (shared with me) in which you "discuss" the implications of the questions below based on what you have read and seen.
Questions to ponder:
Who talks about World War II?
In what tone is World War II referenced?
What do today's young people think of when they hear about WWII?
What is the significance of remembering a war?
In what ways is war downplayed in our society?
In what ways is war glorified in our society?
What would a world war look like today?
WHY HAS WORLD WAR II BEEN SUCH A POPULAR SUBJECT?
Articles from JSTOR:
Book Summary: If This is a Man by Primo Levi
Movie Trailer: The Railway Man
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