Essential Question- how do our beliefs about the past influence our choices in the present?
Refugee by Alan Gratz is about three different stories about three different children. one of the stories is about a Jewish boy named Josef during the Holocaust, one is about a Cuban girl named Isabel in the year 1944, and one is about a Syrian boy named Mahmoud in the year 2015.
Mahmoud is one of the characters in the book Refugee. He is a Syrian boy during the Arab Spring. He hates getting noticed by anyone. He choose to be invisible all the time and to never get noticed. The reason why he doesn't want to get noticed is because he believes that it is safe to not get noticed. Before the Arab Spring started he got beaten up and bullied by some boys. One day he started to be inadvisable like hiding from them all the time and not go anywhere alone and they stopped bulling him. From that day on words he started to believe that it is safer to be invisible all the time than getting noticed. His belief influenced him make the choice of be invisible all the time never get noticed. He believes that the past should be known to be safe in the future.
Trump doesn't want Muslims entering the U.S because he thinks that some of them might be terrorists. Few days before he called for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims a shooting attack happened in San Bernardino, California by a Muslim couple. That shooting attack caused him to believe that Muslims are dangers and they are causing problems in the U.S. His belief about Muslims influence him to make the choice of not letting Muslims into U.S. He believes that the past must be known to make better laws.
This video has more information about the Muslim ban. It talks about what they are trying to do and why they are doing it.
Yad Vashem is the World Holocaust Remembrance Center. It is Israel's official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. They choose to build the Yad Vashem because they believe that everyone in the Holocaust should be honored. They believe that if everyone knows more about the past the future is going to better. This belief influenced them to build the Yad Vashem. They believe that the past must be remembered form a better future.