This activity can be used as a follow-up to notes or a reading about Stalin's editing photographs to remove people deemed "an enemy of the state." Students pretend they work in Stalin’s darkroom and are in charge of altering pictures for Stalin. Stalin not only killed unwanted persons or “enemies of the state”, but also remove their presence from pictures. Photographs were altered with the intent of changing the past. Students are to recreate the photograph so there is no evidence that an individual (Nikolai Yezhov, chief of the Soviet secret police) was ever connected with Stalin. His image has already been erased from the photograph. Students need to take the blank part of the picture and make it look like it fits the rest of the picture by recreating the background or using color.
Included in this download is: Student handout, student questions (with key and rubric), and an altered photograph (Nikolai Yezhov's image has already been removed, but a blank space is left). Two additional sets of pictures (original, altered image, and an altered image for student use) are included for students wishing to recreate more.
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