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Conduct a trial for Yakov Bok. Elect representatives from your class to play prosecutors, defendants, and witnesses

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Some people have asserted that the 1994 murder trial of former football star O. J. Simpson was motivated by racism, making him a representative of blacks in the same way that Bok is made to represent all Jews in this novel. Research the facts of the Simpson trial and make a case for or against this theory.

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Interview some police officers or prison guards and see how they feel about prisoners who might be innocent. How much sympathy do they feel they are allowed to show the prisoners in their care?

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Compile a list of myths and superstitions that people have about others of different races, religions, and classes. What do these ideas tell you about the people who hold them?

Make a chart comparing the rights that Jews had in Tsarist Russia, in Stalin's Soviet Union, and in Nazi Germany.

Research a modern form of the pogroms that the Russians held against Jews, such as the "ethnic cleansing" campaigns in Rwanda, Serbia, or East Timor. Point out the similarities and the differences in the methods used to discredit the oppressed people.

International awareness of the Nazi Holocaust made it possible and necessary for Jews to form their own country in 1948. Report on the Zionist movement, which had fought for a Jewish homeland since 1898, and how that led to the formation of Israel.

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