Zimbabwe. WW2. Reflections

First, let me start by thanking those of you who have commented on my posts, it is nice to get feedback!

Today we worked with a range of subjects connected to English. First, as our teacher is currently in Barcelona to speak at a conference, we had a substitute who talked about Zimbabwe. He grew up in Zimbabwe and worked there for many years before moving to Norway, making it natural to talk about the English- speaking country and its development. Personally, I think it is very interesting to hear other people’s stories and getting to know a country from their perspective.

The other main subject we worked with today was the Second World War, a subject we are collaborating on together with a class in Alaska. The purpose is to share information and knowledge connected to this important part of history. The way we do that, is by sharing a google-document where all the students can write and ask each other questions. We have also made presentations, for instance I worked with Holocaust and Norway’s participation in the deportation of Norwegian Jews. Today, however, it was time to answer questions the students in Alaska had, and reflect around the project.

This is what I wrote:

I have learned different things during this project, for instance how it is to work together with a class from Alaska, and how we might have different knowledge about the Second World War. I don’t know whether I think Norwegians know more about WW2, but our focus might me more directed towards the events in Europe, and not so much towards America’s participation. Furthermore, as Norway took part in the deportation of Norwegian Jews, people might feel the need to learn more about Holocaust and how to prevent it from happening again. Even though Holocaust scared everybody, I fear that injustice of this kind can happen, if we are not conscious. A Norwegian writer, Arnulf Oeverland, wrote before the war began that we should not accept the pain that does not affect us directly. I could not agree more. It is the indifference that is the most dangerous, because when we stop learning about these subjects and caring about people and injustice, history can repeat itself.

Do you have any reflections around WW2?

–          Kristin


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