Scene 1 – A Day at the Races
- Investigate why September 3rd is important to the beginning of World War II.
- What was the position of the Jews in Nazi Germany in that historical moment?
- Analyze posters from the picture and conclude why pre-war Belgrade was considered one of the important cultural capitals in the Balkans?
- German drivers Manfred von Brauchitsch and European champion Herman Lang, both from the German Mercedes-Benz team, were considered favorites at the big car race in Belgrade. But the race took an unexpected, dramatic course and the victory eluded both of them. Investigate who won the race and what happened? Did any Serbian driver take part in the race? How long was the trail around Kalemegdan? What is the fastest speed that the race cars reached during the race? How many spectators attended the race?
- Did any French and English driver take part in the race? Explain why?
- Investigate what passenger cars looked like at the time. Which car models were the most popular in Serbia and in Europe?
(Suggestion: as part of the research you can visit the Auto Museum in Belgrade).
- Investigate who Sava Šumanović was?
- Find and analyze car racing news.
Analyze the other most important news published in newspapers in those two days.
- Find news about the opening of the exhibition of painter Sava Šumanović. How many works were displayed? To whom is all the income from the exhibition intended for?
2. “Vreme”, March 9th 1939 page 10 – “Пољска још није отказала утакмицу са Југославијом” (News of the match between Yugoslavia and Poland)
- Explore other articles in that issue. Conclude why it is uncertain whether the match will take place.
3. Browse other articles in this newspaper.
- What can we conclude about the political situation in the world, in Yugoslavia and Serbia?
- What can we conclude about everyday life?