AOK1 Badge: History A digital portfolio by marco symington

Group Members: Ben, Huy, Hyo

3/24/17 - AOK history start journal

elective reading: jewish deportee on persecution, past and present - the new york times.pdf - Our new badge project is the area of knowledge, History. I am working with Ben, Huy, and Hyo. We took the quiz today on History and i learned about what history is as an area of knowledge. We decided to read the elective reading " jewish deportee on persecution, past and present - the new york times” which was an article in the new york times about a woman who was forced to suffer through the harshness of the holocaust during WWII. She talks about how jewish people were not treated with respect because of their religion then, and she then makes the argument that jewish people are STILL not treated with respect. she is very mad about this and it can be backed up by the evidence that in 2012 there was a shooting and a act of hate against a jewish group, and no one spoke out, and when the Charlie Hebdo shooting happened, many people spoke out and it became a worldwide phenomenon because according to her the people shot and killed were “normal”

3/28/17 - AOK history journal 2

The question our group decided to investigate is 'What is the relationship between history and memory?’ This is an important question because now that we have studied memory as a way of knowing, we understand that memory can sometimes be unreliable, and can be influenced by other ways of knowing, such as emotion. In our article that we chose to read, this 87 year old woman is greatly affected by the harsh effects of the holocaust and because of this we as knowers are not sure that what she says is completely reliable, because the holocaust was a traumatizing place that emotionally disturbs many people. The main point I want to make is hopefully that there is a strong relationship between history and memory because, memory can be easily influenced and interpreted in many ways. Taking this into account, I would hope to find that memory can potentially have a huge influence on history. Problems raised by this question include that history is not only verbal, therefore those who record information can overcome this trouble of memory and history. evidence is a key part in discovering the link between history and memory. history is largely based on evidence, and evidence can be greatly altered by memory. In this badge, I hope to look at our elective reading article, and find what is historically accurate based on many sources of evidence, and what is inaccurate that she is saying to emphasize or exaggerate a point she is trying to make, since her memory may alter evidence.

Main Point - Memory and History are more related through oral history, than through written history.

3/28/17 End of class Journal #3

Today I learned about oral history and the relationship between history and memory. our main point is History and memory are more related through oral history, than through written history. what we want to convey in our presentation is this, but we also want to convey something that is important that is not always thought of. Oral history gives voice to those usually not heard in history. this is important because these minority groups are not remembered in history and oral history such as folk tales and or other stories lasting generations gives those who aren't maybe in textbook significance. Our presentation may look a little like this. We introduce a scenario, where two people are at a certain event. One writes things down, and one experiences the event, 50 years later, historians find these two people and ask them to recall the event. then we’d talk about the relationship between history and memory, then end with the importance oral history. hopefully this will be 5 minutes.

3/30/17 - Start of class journal #4 - Pre presentation Journal

Our presentation wants to focus on the Toulouse and Montauban shootings and the Charlie Hebdo shootings from the perspective of a holocaust survivor. Both of these were shootings in France, and Marceline Loridan-Ivens claims that the Charlie Hebdo attack cause more attention because the people that died were non-jews as oppose to the Toulouse and Montauban shootings which were of French Jews. The point we want to make about the relationship between history and memory is that although it is true that memory can be clouded and sometimes altered by emotion, imagination, or other WOKs, the point of oral history is not validity and accuracy, it gives us perspective as to what is going on based on how the people felt at the time. This woman felt strongly about the topic and exaggerated things she said not to make false claims that she thinks are true, but to provide us with her perspective of how she felt, which we call oral history. This is called oral history because this was an interview and memory is necessary for a verbal recounting of what happened on the incident to this woman and how it affected her. Main point restated: After studying the AOK History, i have found that memory is related to history more through oral recounting than written evidence.

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