NOTE: My statements are not necessarily my opinions. I often post point-counterpoint essays in which I strongly take one side of an issue and later counter that with antithetical views. This intellectual exercise helps me see the merit in opposing opinions and augments my creativity.
U.S. rejected German Jewish refugees
According to a History Channel program (Third Reich: The Fall), during the reign of the Third Reich, almost 300,000 German Jews applied for American visas, two-thirds of which were rejected. In May of 1939, the St. Louis sailed from Germany with nearly 1000 Jewish refugees, but they were rejected by the United States, Canada, and Cuba, so they returned to Europe and were soon under Nazi rule.
The views expressed on this page may or may not reflect my current opinions, nor do they necessarily represent my past ones. After reading a slice of what I wrote in my various websites and books, you may conclude that I am a liberal Democrat or a conservative Republican. Wrong; there is a better alternative
. Just as the primary benefit from debate classes results when students present and defend opinions contrary to their own, I use a similar strategy as a creative writing tool to expand my brainpower—and yours. Mystified?
Stay tuned for an explanation. PS: The wheels in your head are already turning a bit faster, aren't they?
“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.”
— F. Scott Fitzgerald
Reference: Imagining dialogue can boost critical thinking
: Excerpt: “Examining an issue as a debate or dialogue between two sides helps people apply deeper, more sophisticated reasoning …”
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