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March, 2008

The Berlin Airlift
PBS site about the first conflict with the Soviets after WWII.
Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12


The Berlin Airlift Website complements a PBS program of the same name and as with other PBS features is a real gem for teachers and students. It includes teacher resources for using the site in the classroom.
This site has a user-friendly layout that is rich in graphics, video, and sound. QuickTime and Flash plug-ins are required but there is a non-Flash version available.

In what has been called the first battle of the Cold War, the U.S. and western allies supplied necessities to the people of West Berlin and the soldiers that were stationed there in the largest humanitarian effort that the world had ever seen. This site chronicles that effort through personal stories of the people who experienced it, newspaper articles, photos and more. It provides insights into social studies topics including the end of World War II in Europe, the start of the Cold War, international humanitarian aid, and the impact of war on cities and civilian populations. The instructional materials include an interactive map of the airlift routes, essays, a timeline of events from 1945 to 1990 and teacher guide. The guide includes activities that are grouped into four categories; history, geography, civics, and leadership.


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