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What does pearl harbor mean to you


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This is a school project made by an Israeli 10th grader @ShaiKi (twitter) for her English class.
The school project tried to answer a single question via social networking.

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What does pearl harbor mean to you

  1. 1. Pearl Harbor around the world Shai Kiriati What does Pearl Harbor mean to you? ©All Rights Reserved to Shai Kiriati
  2. 2. A bit about Pearl Harbor <ul><li>Pearl Harbor is a US navy base in Hawaii. </li></ul><ul><li>Japan planned to attack Pearl Harbor to protect the move into the &quot;Southern Resource Area&quot; (the Japanese term for the Dutch East Indies and Southeast Asia generally). They thought that any attack in this area will bring US into the war, and saw moving the Pacific Fleet to Hawaii and buildup in the Philippines as getting ready to a war (a step that was supposed to discourage Japanese aggression in the far east). </li></ul><ul><li>The attack on Pearl Harbor was planned to destroy as many ships and airplanes as possible and to harm moral, so USA won’t be able to interfere. </li></ul><ul><li>Results: The attack sank four U.S. Navy battleships (two of which were raised and returned to service later in the war) and damaged four more. The Japanese also sank or damaged three cruisers, three destroyers, and one minelayer, destroyed 188 aircraft, and caused personnel losses of 2,402 killed and 1,282 wounded. Japan lost 29 aircraft and five midget submarines. USA joined WWII. </li></ul>©All Rights Reserved to Shai Kiriati
  3. 3. USA ©All Rights Reserved to Shai Kiriati
  4. 4. USA <ul><li>Twitter: </li></ul><ul><li>lexasoarous I forgot how depressing Pearl Harbor is. </li></ul><ul><li>letiffany Watching Pearl Harbor ....pilots and planes remind me of my babe and the Airforce museum. Miss him soooo much. </li></ul><ul><li>MicahKamrass Pearl Harbor memorial, &quot;a day that will live in infamy&quot;. A pretty incredible part of American history. </li></ul><ul><li>Daria67 - My son's vision of Pearl Harbor. Yeah, he loves WWII... </li></ul><ul><li>lifeasdaddy What was it like at Pearl Harbor? Wilbur Wight tells about the day after. </li></ul>©All Rights Reserved to Shai Kiriati
  5. 5. USA <ul><li>Fireside Learning – Mike: </li></ul><ul><li>My father and all my uncles growing up all were in WWII. Growing up....they rarely talked about their experiences in war. When i was in high school ( now a very long time ago ...i had a similar project ) I remember asking my Dad about it and he always believed that the United States knew in advance that Japan was going to invade pearl harbor. The </li></ul><ul><li>US and most of the world at the time was struggling with the &quot;great </li></ul><ul><li>depression&quot; and my Dad believed we needed to enter the war to help </li></ul><ul><li>re-start our economy. At the time, i never really thought much about it.... and i probably did just a standard report on Pearl Harbor that avoided any controversies. </li></ul>©All Rights Reserved to Shai Kiriati
  6. 6. USA <ul><li>Fireside Learning Amy Quon: </li></ul><ul><li>My Mom's side of the family is Japanese by way of Hawaii and all of my relatives on that side of the family were sent to internment camps after Pearl Harbor. Even though their time in the &quot;camps&quot; is not something often talked about, I am proud to have had the opportunity to learn a lot about the Japanese American experience during WWII looking through albums, talking with family and working with the Go For Broke Education Center--a nonprofit that does research and creates curriculum on these topics. </li></ul><ul><li>For me personally--when I think of Pearl Harbor I remember memoirs from Japanese-Hawaiians describing the panic involved, and the sense of service they felt to help the injured and enlist in the U.S. armed forces. I think about how Japanese Americans were dubbed spies and enemies. I think about racist cartoons, physical and verbal attacks, how some other Asian Americans tried to distance themselves from Japanese Americans (wearing buttons that identified them as non-Japanese-- with harsher language), how those who were interned were told to &quot;bring only what they could carry&quot; and trusted their friends/neighbors to watch over their homes, cars, etc... although it wasn't uncommon for these former friends/neighbors to take whatever they saw fit and sell other items for profit. Pearl Harbor set these wheels in motion, but Americans are responsible for their reactions to it. Grouping people together as good or bad based on ethnicity, and punishing certain groups without just cause or trial is something that seems to happen throughout history, in multiple contexts around the world. I think it's important to remember how powerful that fear is, and how in each of these contexts, there have always been people who did not let fear deter them from doing what they thought was right. </li></ul>©All Rights Reserved to Shai Kiriati
  7. 7. USA <ul><li>Classroom 2.0: </li></ul><ul><li>I was thinking about it, and wondering why, for the most part, Americans, even of my generation or my parents generation (having a father who fought in WWII) don't seem to hold a grudge or have much emotion over Pearl Harbor... and then I remembered that we dropped two atomic bombs on Japan, and I thought, ohhhh, no wonder... who wants to bring all that up? It is more, at least on the mainland and by most, just a little history lesson. We had been very slow to enter WWII. The attack on Pearl Harbor is what brought us into it. When I was young, there was some talk that the military actually knew the attack was pending, and let it happen so we would be pushed into the war, but that is just conspiracy theory talk... </li></ul>©All Rights Reserved to Shai Kiriati
  8. 8. Australia ©All Rights Reserved to Shai Kiriati
  9. 9. Australia <ul><li>Fireside Learning - Ian Carmichael: </li></ul><ul><li>Pearl Harbor is a significant event in Australia and for other pacific ocean nations, since it foreshadowed for us the first (and so far, only) major incursion of war onto Australian soil. Until (and after) this time, 'Australians' involved in war served in foreign 'theatres of war' as they were called - South Africa, WW1, the war in Europe, the Malayan emergency, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan.. But following Pearl Harbor there were attacks on Darwin and the north Australian coast, a penetration of midget submarines in Sydney Harbor, and the incredible land and air battles in the pacific - and particularly New Guinea. Anyway, this runs far afield from Pearl Harbor, but Australia is connected by subsequent progress of the war in the Pacific... and the progress of WWII by the way this event mobilized the USA both in its own response and defense, and its engagement in Europe against the Axis powers. </li></ul>©All Rights Reserved to Shai Kiriati
  10. 10. Germany ©All Rights Reserved to Shai Kiriati
  11. 11. Germany <ul><li>Facebook - Thomas Schuback </li></ul><ul><li>December 8th the USA officially declared war against Japan - four days late Germany... and Italy declared war against the US as well. The US now enters WW2 in Europe. For Germans Pearl Harbor is not really that &quot;important&quot; - due to the atrocities we committed in WW2 we focus way more on the war in Europe and the Schoah. Frankly that is more than most HS kids can handle here. When I was in HS we did not talk about the in the Pacific at all - nobody even mentioned Pearl Harbor. In no history exam ever - and I have been teaching for 17 years now - did anybody ask about Pearl Harbor. </li></ul>©All Rights Reserved to Shai Kiriati
  12. 12. Romania ©All Rights Reserved to Shai Kiriati
  13. 13. Romania <ul><li>Classroom 2.0: </li></ul><ul><li>the world at large (I refer to average people who are not keen on history) is not aware of the importance of this attack and its consequences on the development of WW2. I am Romanian and our country was involved in the European Theater only - battles in remote areas such as the Pacific or Africa went unnoticed here despite their impact in the general picture of war. </li></ul><ul><li>I, like many others, learnt about it via history textbooks when I was in elementary school and later in high school. I also did some research for my MA in American Studies but I had to abandon the project and the studies all together (due to personal issues). The event itself does not It was only later, when I watched a couple of movies that conveyed the terror, the unexpected, the infamy....that I could authentically grasp the emotional load and the moral implications of it. Of course, one can make mental pictures while reading and try to visualize, or play intellectual games along the lines of &quot;what if..&quot; but that is not even close to the (re)sentiments that a citizen of the respective countries might feel. (or so I guess) </li></ul>©All Rights Reserved to Shai Kiriati
  14. 14. Canada ©All Rights Reserved to Shai Kiriati
  15. 15. Canada <ul><li>Facebook - Rhalee Hughes: </li></ul><ul><li>I think that by the time I was in High School (late 1980s) it really wasn't such a big part of the Canadian WWII curriculum. Actually, I am not really sure how much it was a focus in Canada. There are SO many important Canadian contributions and historical markers regarding the war (Canada was in battle long before the US) that the focus is not so much on this pivitol event for the US. </li></ul><ul><li>The attack on Pearl Harbor wasn't a big focus in Canada because Canada was already in the war. However, it was important for the following reasons: 1) FDR wanted to get into the war, however, he needed a reason that would galvanize the nation (the Americans were pursuing an isolationist policy at the time). 2) Hitler declared war against the US rather than the other way around (Japan was an ally of Germany) 3) War with battleships was outdated, aircraft carriers and aircraft took became the forefront of the art of war </li></ul>©All Rights Reserved to Shai Kiriati
  16. 16. The End ©All Rights Reserved to Shai Kiriati