Causes of the French Revolution

We have been analysing the French Revolution in our History class. We were assigned as a virtual period task, the following:

To integrate the work we’ve been doing on the causes of the French Revolution, you have to draw a diagram relating all the long and short-term causes we studied. You should also rank them according to how important you think they were in the development of the revolution (you can do this in the same diagram or separately). Upload this  in your blogs by April, 28th.

Life in Eastern Europe, 1945 – 1989.

During our History class we have been seeing the Cold War. Also in Lengua, we have been reading a book about the Cold War called “De Viaje por Europa del Este” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. During this activity we combined both subjects and we also had to look  for a sportsman, woman in our case, that defected her country during the Olympic Games.

We found information on Ute in this journals: Herald Journal, Chicago Tribune.

Leer para mi

En nuestra clase de History hablamos del día del libro, leímos unos cuentos que para nuestra profesora tienen un significado especial y nos pidió que escribiéramos sobre un libro que significara algo para nosotros y contáramos por que.

El verano pasado me fui de vacaciones con mi mama y mi hermana. Pasábamos todo el día en la playa y yo, que soy inquieta me aburría, entonces una noche que estábamos caminando por la calle pasamos por una librería y les pedí de entrar a mirar algunos libros. Mirando con mi hermana encontramos uno, “La lección de August”, que me lo habían recomendado hace mucho tiempo, me lo compre. Nunca me gusto tanto un libro, lo leí en dos horas, me pareció fantástico. Trata sobre un niño que nace deforme, en solo 10 años tiene que sobrepasar miles de cirugías para que su cara luzca mas “normal”. A los 10 años August va por primera vez al colegio. Pero, como era de esperar, su integración en el colegio no es nada fácil, ya que algunos de sus compañeros se burlan de sus aspecto físico. Me pareció increíble como el autor logro mostrar una realidad, como la personas como August no son aceptadas en nuestra sociedad, son rechazadas, porque nos dan miedo, o porque el hecho de ser extraño nos da miedo. El libro cuenta la vida de August desde diferentes perspectivas, empieza con la de el, sigue con la de una amiga llamada Summer, su mejor amigo Jack, su hermana Olivia y el libro  cierra con August, esto nos deja ver que tarde o temprano las personas se dan cuenta que a pesar de su aspecto físico el es un chico normal.

Una frase muy importante para mi del libro es “Todos deberíamos recibir una ovación al menos una vez en nuestra vida, porque todos vencemos al mundo” No importa como, no importe donde, siempre en algún punto de nuestra vida vencemos al mundo y es importante que ese logro sea reconocido por todos aquellos que nos conocen.

The Outbreak of the Cold War

During our history class se started seeing the outbreak of the Cold War between Russia and the USA. Our teacher gave us a task to follow on the diferentes conferences after the War, and what were the causes of this War.

This is a SlideSharw on the causes of the Cold War

This is a vídeo on the Yalta conference and what happened.

C) The Yalta Conference: This meeting took place in 1945, present here were Churchil, from Britain, Stalin, from the USSR, and Roosvelt, from the USA. Here they began according plans for post War times, and agreed to require Germany’s unconditional surrender . Most of the agreements were kept secret at first. They agreed that Germany were be occupied and divided into four zones, British, American, French and Soviet. Countries under German occupation, once free, would be allowed tp held their own elections and chose a government. There were disagreements as regards the Soviet and Polish borders.

Potsdam Conference: This meeting took place in the 1945. After Germany’s surrender, Hitler’s suicide. The War ended and another meeting was held in Berlin. Many things had changed. Now Stalin’s armies occupied most of eastern Europe. USA had a new president, Truman. The Allies had tested an atomic bomb. Also there were elections in Britain, Churchil was replaced by Attlee, half way thourgh the Conference. Stalin wanted to punish Germany harshly, but Truman didn’t want to repeat what happened in Versailles. The USSR suffered a lot of losses and the Soviet Union was devasted, al they wanted was compensation from Germany, Truman resisted his demand, he didn’t want to repeat First World War mistakes. Stalin wanted to set pro-Soviet governments in the Eastern Europe, Truman disagreed, and adopted a tough attitude agains Stalin. The Potsdam Conference ended without complete agreements on different issues.

D) a- This wartime alliance between USA and the USSR ended with the War. Both countries had defeated their common enemy, Germany, and had no reason whatsoever to remain Allies. The biggest difference between these two countries was that one was Communist and the other was Capitalist. More differences were bound to emerge sooner or later. The Soviet couldn’t forget how the USA had tried to stop the Russian Revolution and the Red Scare, and the USA couldn’t forget they had signed the Nazi-Soviet Pact with their enemy.

b- The major differences between these two countries were the different ruling forms. The USA was a Capitalist country and the Soviet Union was Communist. While the Soviet wanted to bring Germany down USA believed that is was important no to repeat the mistakes in Versailles, so they disagreed on the punishement Germany deserved. They disagreed on the pro-Soviet governments, Stalin wanted to encourage in Eastern Europe the spred of Communism, and USA wanted to stop him.

c) Both conferences were important. In Yalta they achieved temporal piece, and agreed in many important matters. But on the other hand in the Potsdam Conference, British and American leaders changed, these new leaders came with new ideas, and disagreed on many important matters, causing the disagreement on different matters.

d) Stalin wanted to spread Communism all over Eastern Europe, where he had most of control. Also he wanted to punish Germany harshly to guarantee protection from the USSR. Truman disagreed on both matters, he didn’t want Stalin spreading Communism all over Eastern Europe and he didn’t want to punish Germany harshly, he was determined not to repeat the same mistakes at the end of the First World War.

Short term causes to World War 2

This are the presentations my partners and I did on the short term causes to World War 2. We were divided into groups ans asigned different causes to analyze. each grup made a presentation and then presented to the rest of the class during history.

I worked on the Nazi Soviet Pact, that was the last cause to the war, with Tin Reynal, Agustin Bravo and Juan Stordeur. 

 

This is the presentation made on Rearmament by Salvador, Juan Cruz, Trinidad Torrendel, and Feli Donato

This is the presentation on Rhineland made by Fran Costamagna, Vicky Quiroga, Euge Kenny and Mati Giambruni.

This is the presentation on the Anschluss made by Lucia Frias, Clara Allende, Lucas Caputo, Malena Millan.

This is the presenation made on Czechoslovakia by Josefina Tasca, Felix Okecki, Gaston Posse and Tota Lupi.

Miep Gies

During our history class our teacher Lenny gave as an assignemt to look up for what Tje Rightous Among the Nations Meant, then we had to choose one and make a poster about him/her, we worked in groups and I worked with Josefina, Juan and Gaston on the Rightous that helped Anne Frank, called Miep Gies.

 

This is a QR code with a video of Miep Gies in the movie “Freedom Writers”

Visit to The Holocaust Museum

On Friday the 30th of October we visited the Holocaust Museum to learn more about our current topic in History class, Nazi Germany.

We have been doing lots of projects on this topic connected to Nazi Germany. Some time ago came Marcel, a French Jew who survived the Holocaust, who came to our school to tell his story. I personally was amazed, about how he has put up his past together, how he managed to find out what hapened to his family, and how he has become the man, father, and grandfather he is today.

We also went to the museum of the Holocaust with our teacher. We were received there by our tour guide, Ana, who first took us upstairs for a video of an interview with David Galante, a Jewish who lived in Rodas a Greek island with his family, made up of his four brothers and parents. They were taken by the Nazis when he was 18 and taken to Aushwitz. The day he arrived to Aushwitz was the last time he saw his parents and sisters, who then were killed.

He was sent with kids at first, as they thought he was ten, and then was sent back to the older ones and to do hard work. “You survive if you work”, that was what he said and what he did as long as he was in Auschwitz.

After the interview with David Galante we were taken downstairs by Ana to see how, for example, it was that Nazis got in our country, with fake documents, how it was that people here mistreated the Jews as well, how people in Argentina weren’t fully updated on what was happening in Germany.

We then saw things that used to belong to people in the camps, dolls, pictures, journels, etc. And also we saw a wall of plates from people that went to the museum and put plates there for their familie, we saw three plates Marcel, a French Jew who came to talk to us some time ago, that he placed there for his family.