The Reading / Listening - Compensation - Level 2

Holland's railway company, NS, is going to compensate Holocaust victims. World War II ended 70 years ago, but Holland's railway has decided to 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 the death camps. By the end of 1943, most Jews in Holland had been removed. Seven decades later, NS will pay tens of millions of euros to about 500 survivors and to members of their family. The company will pay between 5,000 euros to 15,000 euros to each victim.

The company said the payments are the company's historical responsibility. The Nazis paid NS to take the victims to the border. German trains then took the victims to concentration camps. NS said this was "a black page in the history of the company". It added: "There is no reasonable...amount of money that can compensate...for the suffering inflicted on the victims." It said the payments were "a moral gesture". NS accepted its role in the "individual suffering inflicted by the occupying forces on those involved and their direct surviving relatives".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Compensation - Level 0 Compensation - Level 1   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. World War II ended
  2. people taken to Nazi concentration
  3. thousands of Jews and other
  4. Seven decades
  5. pay tens of millions of euros to
  6. members of their
  7. The company will
  8. 15,000 euros to each
  1. about 500 survivors
  2. pay
  3. later
  4. victim
  5. family
  6. camps
  7. 70 years ago
  8. minorities

Paragraph 2

  1. the company's historical
  2. took the victims to concentration
  3. a black page in the history
  4. There is no reasonable amount
  5. the suffering inflicted
  6. the payments were a moral
  7. suffering inflicted by the occupying
  8. their direct surviving
  1. of money
  2. forces
  3. camps
  4. relatives
  5. gesture
  6. responsibility
  7. on the victims
  8. of the company

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Holland's railway company, NS, is (1) ___________________ Holocaust victims. World War II (2) ___________________ ago, but Holland's railway has decided to compensate people taken to Nazi concentration camps (3) ___________________. After Germany invaded Holland in 1940, NS trains took thousands of Jews and (4) ___________________ the death camps. By the end of 1943, most Jews in Holland had been removed. Seven decades later, NS will pay tens of millions of euros to (5) ___________________ and to members of their family. The company will pay between 5,000 euros to 15,000 euros (6) ___________________.

The company said the payments are (7) ___________________ responsibility. The Nazis paid NS to take (8) ___________________ the border. German trains then took the victims to concentration camps. NS said this was "(9) ___________________ in the history of the company". It added: "There is (10) ___________________ of money that can compensate...for the suffering inflicted on the victims." It said the payments were "(11) ___________________". NS accepted its role in the "individual suffering inflicted by the occupying forces (12) ___________________ and their direct surviving relatives".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Holland'srailwaycompany,NS,isgoingtocompensateHolocaustvictim
s.WorldWarIIended70yearsago,butHolland'srailwayhasdecidedtoc
ompensatepeopletakentoNaziconcentrationcampsontheirtrains.Aft
erGermanyinvadedHollandin1940,NStrainstookthousandsofJewsan
dotherminoritiestothedeathcamps.Bytheendof1943,mostJewsinHol
landhadbeenremoved.Sevendecadeslater,NSwillpaytensofmillions
ofeurostoabout500survivorsandtomembersoftheirfamily.Thecomp
anywillpaybetween5,000eurosto15,000eurostoeachvictim.Thecom
panysaidthepaymentsarethecompany'shistoricalresponsibility.The
NazispaidNStotakethevictimstotheborder.Germantrainsthentookth
evictimstoconcentrationcamps.NSsaidthiswas"ablackpageinthehist
oryofthecompany".Itadded:"Thereisnoreasonable...amountofmon
eythatcancompensate...forthesufferinginflictedonthevictims."Itsai
dthepaymentswere"amoralgesture".NSaccepteditsroleinthe"indivi
dualsufferinginflictedbytheoccupyingforcesonthoseinvolvedandth
eirdirectsurvivingrelatives".

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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