ERIC Number: EJ915976
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
Victor or Villain? Wernher von Braun and the Space Race
O'Brien, Jason L.; Sears, Christine E.
Social Studies, v102 n2 p59-64 2011
Set during the Cold War and space race, this historical role-play focuses on Wernher von Braun's involvement in and culpability for the use of slave laborers to produce V-2 rockets for Nazi Germany. Students will grapple with two central questions. Should von Braun have been allowed to emigrate to the United States given his affiliation with the Nazis and use of slave laborers? Should the U.S. government and military have put Braun in powerful positions in NASA and military programs? This activity encourages students to hone their critical thinking skills as they consider and debate a complex, multi-layered historical scenario. Students also have opportunity to articulate persuasive arguments either for or against von Braun. Each character sketch includes basic information, but additional references are included for teachers and students who want a more in depth background.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Role Playing, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Biographies, Recognition (Achievement), Slavery, Laborers, War, Immigrants, Space Sciences, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills, Persuasive Discourse, Time Perspective, Perspective Taking
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Germany; United States