The Reading / Listening - Compensation - Level 1

Holland's railway company, NS, will compensate Holocaust victims. NS will compensate people taken to Nazi concentration camps on their trains. After Germany invaded Holland in 1940, NS trains took thousands of Jews and other minorities to German trains. By 1944, most Jews in Holland had gone. NS will pay tens of millions of euros to about 500 survivors and members of their family. NS will pay between 5,000 euros to 15,000 euros to each victim.

NS said the payments are the company's historical responsibility. The Nazis paid NS to take people to the border. German trains then took them to the camps. NS said it was "a black page" in its history. It added: "There is no...amount of money that can compensate...for the suffering [of] the victims." It called the payments "a moral gesture". NS accepted its role in the suffering of the victims and their family members.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Compensation - Level 0 Compensation - Level 2   or  Compensation - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/27/world/europe/ns-dutch-railway-holocaust.html
  • https://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Dutch-rail-company-to-pay-Holocaust-survivors-compensation-593836
  • https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/holocaust-compensation-survivors-families-dutch-railway-ns-nazi-death-camps-a8977921.html


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Holland's railway
  2. people taken to Nazi concentration
  3. Germany invaded
  4. NS trains took
  5. most Jews in Holland
  6. pay tens of millions
  7. members
  8. 15,000 euros to each
  1. victim
  2. thousands of Jews
  3. of euros
  4. company
  5. of their family
  6. camps
  7. had gone
  8. Holland in 1940

Paragraph 2

  1. payments are the company's
  2. take people to the
  3. a black page
  4. no amount of
  5. the suffering
  6. a moral
  7. NS accepted its role
  8. the victims and their
  1. in the suffering
  2. money
  3. border
  4. family members
  5. in its history
  6. historical responsibility
  7. of the victims
  8. gesture

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Holland's railway company, NS, (1) ___________________ victims. NS will compensate (2) ___________________ Nazi concentration camps (3) ___________________. After Germany invaded Holland in 1940, NS trains took thousands of Jews and   (4) ___________________ German trains. By 1944, most Jews in Holland had gone. NS will pay tens of millions of euros to about   (5) ___________________ members of their family. NS will pay between 5,000 euros to 15,000 euros (6) ___________________.

NS said (7) ___________________ the company's historical responsibility. The Nazis paid NS to take people (8) ___________________. German trains then took them to the camps. NS said it was "(9) ___________________" in its history. It added: "There is no... (10) ___________________ that can compensate...for the suffering [of] the victims." It called the payments "(11) ___________________". NS accepted its role in the suffering of the victims and (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Holland'srailwaycompany,NS,willcompensateHolocaustvictims.NS
willcompensatepeopletakentoNaziconcentrationcampsontheirtrain
s.AfterGermanyinvadedHollandin1940,NStrainstookthousandsofJe
wsandotherminoritiestoGermantrains.By1944,mostJewsinHollandh
adgone.NSwillpaytensofmillionsofeurostoabout500survivorsandme
mbersoftheirfamily.NSwillpaybetween5,000eurosto15,000eurosto
eachvictim.NSsaidthepaymentsarethecompany'shistoricalresponsi
bility.TheNazispaidNStotakepeopletotheborder.Germantrainsthent
ookthemtothecamps.NSsaiditwas"ablackpage"initshistory.Itadded
:"Thereisno...amountofmoneythatcancompensate...forthesufferin
g[of]thevictims."Itcalledthepayments"amoralgesture".NSaccepted
itsroleinthesufferingofthevictimsandtheirfamilymembers.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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