Objective: In Chapter 1, Colonel Aleksandr Tretetsky and his men are excavating the mass graves of Polish military officers murdered because of a direct order issued by Stalin in the 1940s. The Russian people are finally learning the truth about Stalin and about their country. The objective of this lesson is to compare how Tretetsky and Tokaryev deal with the truth.
1) Class discussion: Who is Colonel Aleksandr Tretetsky? What is his job? How is history being revealed by the work he and his men are doing? How long had Tretetsky signed on to be in the military? Why does he say he was dumb? What would he have given for the Motherland? What did he know about this history before he was assigned the duty? How does he carry out his work? What did Tretetsky do when told by the KGB to quit digging? What did he tell...
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