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Exiled People: The Case of Crimean Tatars
The lesson plan for high school curriculum deals with forced relocation of people during World War II by the Soviet goverment. Focusing on the experiences of Crimean Tatars, the unit examines how Stalin's policy of relocating ethnic minorities affected their lives. The deportation process was very brutal and the places of exile often inhospitable, leading to thousands of deaths. Deprived of their basic rights, they lived in special settlements for many decades. The lesson plan explores the ideas of collective punishment and genocide, and what it means to be uprooted and to lose one's home and family members. Developed by Inci Bowman, the curricular resource is based on model lessons published in the manual Communism: Its Ideology, Its History and Its Legacy, 2nd Edition. Washington, DC: Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, 2016.
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Posted: 17 May 2020