The Berlin Blockade

After reading and learning about the Berlin Blockade, our History teacher Lenny asked us to answer some questions and complete a chart about the topic.

  1. What was life like in Berlin in the post-war era?

Berlin was divided into two zones, the eastern and western part. The west part was capitalist and was divided into three zones: The French zone, the British zone and the American zone. The east part was communist and was under Soviet control. Berlin was devastated, it had suffered a lot and its people were also going through very harsh times, as they had lost everything. Life was terrible for everyone, especially in the east part, as the soviets had strict control over the people and their lifestyle. The whole city was under constant threat of war, so people lived with fear. Moreover, there was a lot of poverty and shortage of food and supplies.

  1. How did Soviet policy towards Berlin differ from that of the West?

The west part was capitalist and they wanted Berlin to grow and recover. On the other hand, the communist part wanted to keep the city crippled and destroyed. They were against Berlin recovering.

  1. Why was reform of the German currency a key issue for both sides?

This was symbol of union for the west side, which wanted to show their power and alliance(between the British, American and French parts). However, Stalin believed the new currency was an attempt against the East’s economy. This finally lead into the Berlin Blockade, which finally meant the start of the Cold War.

4.Why was the airlift such a major feat?

The airlift showed this union the allies wanted to demonstrate. It showed power, the west wouldn’t be doomed by the soviets. The capitalists found the way to go over communism.  Thanks to the airlift, the west part was improving whilst the east part was in decadence. The east part could see the capitalist prosperity and compared to their poverty it was frustrating. Also, 11 months later, the Soviets retired the blockade because it wasn’t working. The capitalists were very intelligent with this strategy, and it was an achievement for them. This event determined the start of the cold war, which is why it’s so important.

  1. In what respect can the USSR and US be responsible for further increasing tensions during the airlift?

The tension during the airlift was very strong. The US and the USSR can be responsible for further increasing tensions during the airlift because they were very suspicious of each other although the two countries had expressed they were not willing to go to war. They had opposite ideals and objectives, as they wanted opposite things for Berlin. The US saw the blockade as a threat to the freedom of Western Europe. The blockade triggered war, as it was the final event that showed the clear rivalry between both countries.

  1. Why did Stalin eventually agree to talks over the airlift?

Stalin agreed to talk over the airlift because he saw the strength of the allies amd that the blockade wouldn’t stop them. They wouldn’t give up as he expected. Also, with the airlift the allies were giving even more help and supplies to Berlin than before the blockade. This showed the blockade was uneffective. After 11 months of blockade, he opened communications and the airlift was over.

Extension question; Who was more to blame for Berlin becoming a major flashpoint in the Cold War, the Soviets or the Americans?

In my opinion the USSR was more to blame as she was persistent on making the whole of Berlin soviet. The allies were also persistent on keeping their part capitalist, but they didn’t interfere with the East part. The importnace of Berlin was alo determined by the Berlin blockade, which was created by the communists. With the Berlin blockade the Soviets were interfering with the west part of Berlin, and the allies had not done this with the eastern part. Stalin could have let the allies supply their part of Berlin. The allies had done nothing against the Soviet part of Berlin. The USSR should have minded her own part of Berlin and let the allies do what they wanted as long as they didn’t interfere with West Berlin.

The Berlin Blockade, Why did it happen and what were the consequences?:

  • Yalta Background; Germany was divided int four parts; the British, French, American and Soviet parts. Berlin, the capital, was algo divided into these four parts, and controlled by them. This conference created tension. Eastern europe became a soviet sphere of influence.
  • Stalin’s concerns; Unification of West Berlin, as it would became stronger and more powerfu than the East part. It would become a buffer against communism, which wouldn’t benefit Stalin. Capitalist countries would make their region prosperous, making communist states eager to prosper as them and start to distance from communist ideals.
  • Stalin’s reaction; Carrying out the Berlin Blockade, therefore blocking the communication\supply lines between West Germany and Berlin.
  • “Allied” Reaction; They airlifted supplies to make sure the population could survive and not suffer from poverty and starvation. With the airlift they prevented West Berlin from depending on East Berlin.
  • Consequences for USSR; USA didn’t become weaker as the USSR thought. She showed her strenght. As the blockade was ineffective because the allies managed to create the airlift, Stalin was forced to reopen the roads. The blockade had no positive benefits for Stalin, supplies from the West were even bigger than before.
  • Consequences for USA; She reinforced the policy of containment. She was able to show off her power, strength and intelligence. The NATO was created, an alliance between the US, France and Great Britain.

 

 

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Inversion Tutorial

In our language class, we have been learning inversion of sentences. It is very complex as there are plenty of different ways in inversion and it can only be used in certain situations. Our teacher asked us to look for a tutorial of inversion on the internet and then post it on our blogs. Here’s the tutorial I have found;

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Visita a La Casa Rosada.

El viernes 15 de junio realizamos una visita a La Casa Rosada junto a nuestra profesora de Historia y Formacion Etica y Ciudadana, y con los alumnos de segundo ano. Previamente a esta visita, nuestra profesora nos dividio en grupos y nos asigno desarrollar 3 preguntas acerca de la Casa Rosada y de los presidentes argentinos para poder asistir a la misma con más conocimiento sobre su historia. Para organizar estas preguntas, nos pidio que elaboremos una presentacion. Luego, debíamos hacer un video con fotos y grabaciones que nos hayan parecido interesantes durante el recorrido. Yo trabaje junto a Valentina Re, Olivia Obligado, Sofia Mele y Francisco Aresi.

Video:

Presentacion:

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Counterparts by James Joyce

Plot: Humiliated  by his boss (Mr. Alleyne) at the law firm in which he works, a copy clerk named Farrington pawns his watch and spends the money on a night of drinking in Dublin pubs. Afterward, he goes to his house in the suburbs, where he vents his rage by beating one of his five children (Tom).

Characters:

  • Farrington
  • Tom
  • The boss (Mr. Alleyne)

Glossary

the tube: a machine for communicating within a building.

an order on the cashier: official permission for an advance on wages.

snug: a small private room or booth in a public house.

g.p. : a glass (half-pint) of porter.

caraway: a white-flowered biennial herb of the umbel family, with spicey, strong-smelling seeds. The seeds, when chewed, were thought to hide the smell of alcohol, and thus were offered to customers by turn-of-the-century Dublin bars.

manikin: a little man; dwarf.

instanter: without delay; immediately.

the dart: the solution.

stood . . . a half-one:  bought a half measure of alcohol.

the eclogues: short pastoral poems, often in the form of a dialogue between two shepherds.

my nabs (slang): my friend or acquaintance.

Ballast Offices: the location of the Dublin Port and Docks Board

Irish and Apollinaris:  whiskey and soda.

too Irish (slang): exceedingly generous.

chaffed: teased good naturedly.

tincture: a trace; a smattering.

small hot specials whiskey: mixed with water and sugar.

bitter: bitter, strongly hopped ale.

stood to: bought for.

smahan: a smattering; a smidgen.

barracks: buildings on Shelbourne Road for housing British soldiers.

 

Peony: is a pink whitish flower

 

That’s the knack:The quality of the gifted one

 

Put in your gab:to talk

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Should Examinations be Abolished?- Oral Presentation.

Hello, I am here to discuss the motion of Should Examinations be abolished in schools, to which I stand in favor of.

Evaluations are an unfair evaluation of ability. Many children fail exams due to their lack of memory or speed, as most exams require it, but not all children have it. This failure may have great consequences on their self-esteem. Not being able to memorize information, and therefore not being able to pass exams, may lead children to believe they are useless and unintelligent. Children begin to compare their low test results to those of their schoolmates, which leads them to believe they have a deficiency not everyone has. They feel inferior and less worthy.

Examinations test people’s ability to memorize and work under pressure, but neither of these factors demonstrate intellect. Schools pose examinations as an instrument that tests intelligence, when they actually shouldn’t be conceptualized as that. This concept does not allow students to expand their creativity and be original and intelligent in their own way. There isn’t a standard level of intelligence, as each person stands out in a particular field in a way of their own. If children do not understand this at a young age, they will feel unproductive and worthless during their whole life, which will be a depressed one.

Henceforth, if students do not pass, they believe they aren’t intelligent and not valuable as during their whole life they have been taught that passing means they are intelligent. As a result, they feel stupid which greatly damages their self esteem, as once they are convinced they are not bright, they cease to make an effort to achieve passing grades. They feel they will never be enough and they do not even spend time trying to get better as they have no confidence on themselves. Lack of confidence leads to laziness and to a greater extent, to an unhappy life full of worries and self-doubts.

All in all, the unfair evaluation of ability that examinations imply causes a decline in the self esteem of many children. School authorities should treat childrens self esteem with tenderness and delicacy, but examinations are not the correct answer to this, therefore evaluations should be abolished.

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Albert Einstein.

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The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin

Dear Diary:

I have recently received the most atrocious news, my husband has died in a railroad disaster. At first, I feared that this news had been so unexpected that the impact they would have on me would have threatened my health condition, considering my fragile heart disease. However, my perspective has changed.

Never will I ever be able to put into words how I felt when I first heard the news. An immense torrent of feelings started to flow through my body and I didn’t know how to control it. As soon as I was told what had happened, I started to cry desperately and uncontrollably. My grief was huge and I didn’t know what I would do from there on without Brently. He was a very significant part of my life and a person with whom I had shared the past few years of my life.

After Josephine and Richards told me the news, I left and locked myself away in my room. I sat in a chair, motionless and thinking about everything that awaited me. In between sobs, I started hearing an odd sound. More of a sound, it was a thing that was approaching and wanted to take over me. Once it got inside me, everything changed. I understood that the death of my husband was a gift rather than a sadness. It was a liberation of the oppression caused by him. I did love him, but the truth was he oppressed me in many ways. His death means I am now free and that ahead of me lie many years that will belong to me completely.

The news of my husband’s death have been the most terrible, but at the same time the best news that I have ever received. I am now free and this freedom is truly the best gift that life has given me.

Analysis;

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In Pursuit of Hapiness

Writing task; Imagine you are Christopher Gardner. Write a letter to a friend telling him\her about your tight economic situation. Ask him\her for help.

Dear John;

I am writing to you to tell you what I have been through lately. I am in a very tight economic situation and I am in desperate need of advice.

My wife, Linda, has abandoned Chris and I. Now I cannot count with her income anymore, which made my circumstances even worse. I am doing my best to show my son that everything is alright, but even I find it difficult to believe it myself. I still have not lost hope, but I am on the verge of doing it.

My marriage with Linda had been on the rocks for a while, but I never expected her to leave us. For a few months now, I have found it difficult to make ends meet, but things have gotten out of hand over the past few days. We have been evicted from our home and I cannot even afford the motel room we have been staying at.  I don’t know what I will do if I continue like this, what do you recommend me to do?

A week ago, I have been offered a position as an intern in a brokerage firm. They are offering a job as a stockbroker with a high salary to one of the interns, but they are testing us first, and only one will be chosen. The testing period will last three weeks, but I don’t know if I will be able to attend because that means I won’t be able to make money during that time. If I get this job, I will be able to start from scratch with Chris and have a decent life. However, I think it implies taking a big risk.

I hope to hear from you soon, it would mean a lot to me if you could help me and give me some advice on this matter.

                            Love, Chris

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