The Berlin Blockade, 1948-9 Cold War: Iron Curtain

  1. What was life like in Berlin in the post-war era?
  2. How did Soviet policy towards Berlin differ from that of the West?
  3. Why was reform of the German currency a key issue for both sides?
  4. Why was the airlift such a major feat?
  5. In what respect can the USSR and US be responsible for further increasing tensions during the airlift?
  6. Why did Stalin eventually agree to talks over the airlift?  
  7. Extension question:  Who was more to blame for Berlin becoming a major flashpoint in the Cold War, the Soviets or the Americans?



  1. Berlin was divided into four parts. One belonged to France, another to the Soviets, another to Great Britain and the other part belonged to the USA. After the second World War Berlin seemed a ghost city.
  2. The Soviet policy affected France, USA and Great Britain, as their connection to the parts of Berlin that belonged to them was hindered by the USSR as they blocked the routes of Berlin so that the other countries couldn´t pass through them to go to Berlin. Therefore, USA, Great Britain and France had to send supplies to their Berlin territory by planes.
  3. It was because the currency symbolised union. And the west side wanted to show their power.
  4. The airlift was such a major feat as France, USA and Great Britain could be connected and sent supplies to their part of Berlin by airlift. Furthermore, this showed Stalin that his opponents were not going to give up so easy, and that that wouldn’t make him to keep all Berlin, therefore, after some time, the blockade was broken down.
  5. The USSR thought that it was a capitalist attack and they were prepare to attack the planes.
  6. Stalin agreed to talk over the airlift as he realized that the allies were very strong, and that they wouldn’t give Berlin to stalin as he thought.  

The Passion of God-by Bautista Buljevich and Gonzalo Irazusta

In class of Literature and language, with Pilar and Pato, we made in pairs our first poem. This is our poem:

The Church of Pilar is full of fire anywhere,

Its passion illuminates every little and

infinitive space of darkness


God is presented there,

pane is replaced by love.

It´s ornaments shine as fire although

some of them are quondam.


And every day when the bell rings,

moving such as strong as a whale,

passion is felt more than never


Hundreds of people visiting the Church

every year.

Hundreds of souls celebrating near to it.

Hundreds of hearts resurrect there.

Hundreds of times we say sorry to God there.

Hundreds of times God forgives us.

Hundreds of times we are loved by God.


Language Test

Write a paragraph (80-90 words) saying what has happened to the male character. Use a variety of tenses: simple past, past continuous, past perfect and conditional type 3. Then look for an example of:
Simple Past:
Past Continuous:
Past Perfect:
Conditional type 3:

The female character was working late, it was a cold night, and in the drove home she realized she had left her phone at the office. Therefore, when she was going back to the office, she saw the male character on the side of the road, unconscious. The doctor said if she had found him ten minutes later, it would have been too late. If the female character hadn’t forgotten her phone, she wouldn’t have been on the road and the male character would have died.
Write a paragraph (summary) of 80- 90 words of the story The Gold Cadillac. Answer the questions in a paragraph. Include a variety of tenses: simple past- past perfect- past continuous and present perfect.
The story talked about a black family in United States. They were not a rich family, however, they weren’t poor. The main characters were Wilbert, who is the father of the family, Dee, the mother, and two daughters called Lois who was the narrator and Wilma. The parents were saving money to buy a more comfortable house. However, one day, Wilbert arrived at home with a new car, a Cadillac. This caused Dee to get mad, as his husband had bought a new expensive car. When they were going to visit his family in the North, the police stopped them with the excuse that they were black and they were driving an expensive car. Wilbert was caught by the police and his family had stayed in the car, which was very dangerous and at that time black people were killed frequently. Some hours later, Wilbert came back, and everything was solved. Fortunately, the conflict between Dee and Wilbert was solved when he decided to sell the new car and bought a cheaper one.


Dear sir/madam,

   I am writing this letter to get an art scholarship for the University of Cambridge. I prepared the whole year to get it. I would appreciate if you consider my proposal.


   At school, at the beginning of the year, I was told that I had to make a project throughout the year. It sound as very easy task.However, I didn’t want to dedicate  a whole year doing something that I didn’t love. Therefore, I took six months to decide it. At the beginning, I started drawing creatures of people. But then, I realized that It was not what I was passionate about. Therefore, I began thinking about what I really liked, what I would spend one day or more on it. Therefore, I started drawing cartoons drawing. However, I was still not enjoying as much as I wanted.


   One day, I was tired, and I drew Bart Simpson, a character of a television show. When I finished It, I realized that It was this project the one that I wanted to do, to draw character of “The Simpsons”. And, as I also wanted to show an improvement on my drawing, I decided to have them all together. Hence, I drew them on an artist’s notebook. It was a strong satisfaction for me to make this project. As a guide, I used pictures that I searched them in Google, and I copied the creatures in a paper, however, I always changed a little bit to do something personal. As time passed, an improvement could be seen in the Notebook. Although my sudden changes of ideas, I am completely sure that this is what  I’m passionate about. Everyday I feel more proud of the decision I took. Although it was a long process, I feel that I fulfilled my dream of doing something that can do it for hours, or even days, and doing it without even getting tired.

I would be grateful to study at Cambridge University, so I hope you receiving my letter.

Yours faithfully,

Bautista Buljevich

Proyect of human urinary system


Functions of the organs that we used to make the model of an excretory system that we will make with trash.

Kidneys: They are two bean-shaped organs that extract waste blood, balance body fluids, from urine.

Ureter:  Is a tube that carries urine from the kidney to the urinary bladder. In the body you can find to ureters, one attached to each kidney. The superior half of the ureter is located in the abdomen and the inferior part is located in the pelvic zone.

Bladder: The urinary bladder is a muscular sac in the pelvis, just above and behind the pubic bone. When empty, the bladder is about the size and shape of a pear.

Urethra: The urethra is the passageway between the bladder and the external part of the body, which allows urine to be excreted from the body.

Renal veins: The renal veins carry deoxygenated blood away from the kidneys. Renal veins separate into two parts as the blood vessel enters the left and right kidney,these veins branch off the inferior vena cava, one of the major blood vessels in the human body.

Renal arteries: The renal arteries carrie mineral rich, oxygenated blood from the heart to the kidneys for nutrition and cellular respiration.

Inferior vena cava: The inferior vena cava is a large vein that carries deoxygenated blood from the lower body to the heart. Deoxygenated blood means most of the oxygen has been removed by tissues, and therefore the blood is darker and without oxygen. This blood comes from the legs and the lower torso of the body.

Abdominal aorta: The abdominal aorta is the one who provides blood to the organs and tissues of the abdomen, pelvis, and legs.

This is the project that we did with my partner Gonzalo Irazusta. Before showing the pictures of the project we will tell you how the process was. First we search in our homes for some material. Then we join in my house and we did the project with the material we found. Later on, we searched for information in internet and in the book for the function of each organ.

That was the process and this is the project finished:


Sources Analyze

Task: Analyze sources 1, 3, 4, 9 and 13.


SOURCE 1: In this quotation, it Is shown Hitler’s biography, where we can see what he thought about the Treaty of Versailles. He criticized the Treaty, as he felt that Germany got a very unfair punishment. Moreover, Hitler referred as a “scandal” and a to the Treaty of Versailles.


SOURCE 3:  This quote is said by a German woman. She lived in the Ruhr, and she explain  the readers about how the French treated Germans when they invaded the city. She describes how people in the Ruhr suffered violence.


SOURCE 4:  In this picture, we can see a representation of Germany’s relationship with France and Britain. Un addition, we can see the state of Germany’s economy. Moreover, the picture shows how the prime ministers of Britain and France look at Germany while it’s “drowning”. However, they would not help Germany at all. Furthermore, we can see how  esa trying to pull out of the economic crisis, however, she didn’t ask for help.  


SOURCE 9: In the following quotation we can understand that German people thought that the Weimar Republic had the guilty of the hyperinflation. However, other people didn’t agree with them.  

SOURCE 13:  In this poster, we can see that with the radical change from the women before to the women afterwards, there was a huge change between the movies before this, and after this occurred.