International School History - European Schools - S6 4 hour option

S6 4hr History Last update - 13 May 2023 Official European School History S6 Syllabus: English, French, German
Compulsory Core - Europe 3 - Europe and Europeans in the Second World War - syllabus
Key Questions and learning and assessment objectives. Lessons Additional materials and external links
Why was Germany successful in the initial stages of World War II? Worksheet 'What was the Second World War?. Questions 1-5 from this worksheet.

Walsh GCSE Modern World History Chapter 10.1 (pp. 278-300)

Video - The BBC's Andrew Marr on the importance of Dunkirk 1941 and how Pathe News reported it at the time.

A more realistic view of the myth of Dunkirk? Video extract from the feature film, Atonement



Video Apocalypse: The Second World War. A recent French made documentary brings well known images alive through the use of colour.

BBC on World War II.
The website of Laurence Rees. The BBC writer producer of the landmark documentaries.
Hypertext version of the IB History of Europe Course Companion See my IB website for an extended version of the content of the worksheet.
Total war? What were the similarities and differences between the First and Second World War?



Worksheet and table to be completed comparing and contrasting World Wars I and II as total wars.
Total War Video on WWI from the 1990s documentary series People's Century. Website for the series.
Reminder of WWI as a 'total war'. Mindmapping, notemaking activity worksheet which should have been completed in Semester 1.
What was the kindertransport? Film seen in the lesson about the rescue mission of Nicholas Winton
My international project about Nicholas Winton from 2008

Winton now 106 years old (May 2015)


Extermination, collaboration and resistance: what happened to the people during World War II?
See my IB website for Germany, Britain and Spain at war.

Video - Liquidation of the Jewish Ghetto in Kraków as seen by Spielberg.
Escaping the train to Auschwitz - On 19 April 1943, a train carrying 1,631 Jews set off from a Nazi detention camp in Belgium for Auschwitz...

Video - Night and Fog (French: Nuit et brouillard)
In 1985, the year Shoah was released, Roger Ebert described it as "an extraordinary film. It is not a documentary, not journalism, not propaganda, not political. It is an act of witness." In 1985, Shoah won Best Documentary and Special Award at the New York Film Critics Circle.

BBC six-episode documentary presenting the story of Auschwitz through interviews with former inmates and guards and re-enactments

Dramatic reconstruction of the 1942 Wannsee Conference, Conspiracy

In February 1943, 11-year-old Simon Gronowski was sitting down for breakfast with his mother and sister in their Brussels hiding place when two Gestapo agents burst in... (BBC Witness article)

Resistance in Germany as seen in the following films: Sophie Scholl, Swing Kids and Valkyrie.

The occupation of France produced one of the greatest and controversial documentaries of all time - The Sorrow and the Pity.

On the Oradour massacre see this award winning documentary.  My website on Oradour (En or Fr). The 2004 commemorations from French television.

On the massacre at Lidice see this recent (2014) short video form the BBC Witness series.

Video - World at War - Part 1

Video on the Holocaust. Notes from the film.
Video - Schindler's List
Video - Blitz in UK
Video - Dan Snow 2013 series on the archaeology of World War II.


How did the nature of war change in the period 1935-1945?


Worksheet to be completed on the five themes of the nature of warfare.  
Why was Germany defeated? Questions 6-10 from worksheet 'What was the Second World War?. Worksheet 'What was the Second World War?.

Walsh GCSE Modern World History Chapter 10.1 (pp. 278-300)

Video - D-day as seen by Spielberg.

Niall Ferguson video on World War II.
Hypertext version of the IB History of Europe Course Companion See my IB website for an extended version of the essay.

Video on the war in Eastern Europe. Notes from the film.
Video on the defeat of Germany. Notes from the film




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