American Civil Rights Movement and Sarajevo

Students build a more complex and deeper understanding about the Civil Rights’ Movement as well as the activists and their non-compliance/non-violence approach to halt the laws and people in positions of power that oppose change to the status quo and contrast it to the defiance of laws in Sarajevo during the war in the 1990s. Also, students will find similarities and differences between both historical events by analyzing primary and secondary sources from the Civil Rights Movement and Survival in Sarajevo) especially people’s determination and collaboration to stand up for justice, peace, racial equality, and challenge the laws for a common goal or simply joining forces to do the right thing. Lastly, students will learn that collaboration, communication, determination, defiance, resilience, and bravery are key elements to counter wrong doing especially the oppression of the masses at the hands of the selected few regardless of the time period. This lesson is a Milton Wolf Prize winning lesson.
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Survival in Sarajevo -- Friendship in a Time of War

The story of how an old synagogue in the Bosnian war zone became a beacon of hope for everyone. During the Bosnian war (1992-1995), the Jewish community of Sarajevo refused to take sides, opened their own humanitarian aid agency inside the city's synagogue, and were soon joined by their Muslim, Croat and Serbian friends. While outside of the besieged Bosnian capital, nationalist politicians swore these ethnic groups could not get along, here's a group of people who never got the memo. In this European war, Jews were not the victims. In this war, Jews were saving Muslims and Christians.

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