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Imagine: The Story of Leon Skurko

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Mike Dodson


Birmingham Holocaust Education Center


A student volunteer at the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center who visited with Leon Skurko regularly, Mike Dodson became privy to Leon's amazing life experiences during the Holocaust. As part of a special presentation his senior year, Mike created this memorable piece to honor Leon Skurko.

Length: 06:33

Content Areas: Social Studies

Alabama Course of Study Alignments and/or Professional Development Standard Alignments:

SS2010 (11) United States History II: The Industrial Revolution to the Present
8. Summarize events leading to World War II, including the militarization of the Rhineland, Germany's seizure of Austria and Czechoslovakia, Japan's invasion of China, and the Rape of Nanjing. [A.1.b., A.1.c., A.1.d., A.1.e., A.1.g., A.1.i., A.1.k.]
  • Analyzing the impact of fascism, Nazism, and communism on growing conflicts in Europe
  • Explaining the isolationist debate as it evolved from the 1920s to the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the subsequent change in United States' foreign policy
  • Identifying roles of significant World War II leaders
  • Examples: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, George S. Patton, Sir Winston Churchill, Bernard Montgomery, Joseph Stalin, Benito Mussolini, Emperor Hirohito, Hedeki Tōjō, Erwin Rommel, Adolf Hitler
  • Evaluating the impact of the Munich Pact and the failed British policy of appeasement resulting in the invasion of Poland


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