371F_07Final_Exam - Cornell University History 371 World...

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Cornell University      History Department         Fall 2007  Pg 1 of 5 History 371 World War II in Europe Final Examination Always specify which question you are answering. Those choosing the take-home option should write a 4- or 5-page answer for each question.  Source citations are welcome but not required. Those writing in blue books: since the graders may separate out your questions, do not write about two  questions on one page of paper. QUESTION #1 Answer either A. or B. A. Imagine that the film LIBERATION, made in 1994 by Arnold Schwartzmann for the Simon  Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles,  is being considered for adoption by a major distributor. As one of the few  films that presents World War Two by narrating in parallel Nazi genocide and state-to-state warfare, the work  has received attention from instructors attempting to reverse the "ghettoization" of various subjects pertaining  to the period: the military combat, the Holocaust, and international relations/foreign policy. You have  learned, moreover, that European fascism, in its Nazi and Italian varieties,  is interwoven into all of these .  Some potential customers for the film-as-a-text, however, have expressed doubts about the adequacy of the  film's demonstrations of the relationships among these various subjects. Other customers have suggested  other weaknesses or asked questions about what kind of supporting material will be supplied with the film. Write a report to the editor that gives a critical analysis of the film.   What are the main arguments of  the film and how would you assess them as to the film's effectiveness in presenting them and their overall  validity? How does the film explain the origins of the military conflict and the Final Solution?  How does the  film  connect the two? How does the film explain the Allied victory?  What role is given to the Soviet Union,  to France, to Italy?  How are controversial aspects --the Second Front, the bombing of cities, the Jews'  reactions to Nazi projects, the possibility of assistance to Jews, and many others --presented? How would you  supplement these presentations? (Your answer may include rewritten sequences and commentary, or even  additions of other sequences from films you know  about.)  What, if anything, are the shortcomings of the  film's presentation of the relationship between the war and the genocide? Of the relationship between the period of the war and the present time?  What major aspects of the period are omitted or shortened?  What would you remove to add them, assuming that the 98-minute length of the film cannot be changed? 
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