“ walking in the shoes “ of a Centropa interviewee - THE POEM PROJECT
Every student has to choose a poet who lived during the Shoa and wrote about it. He has to get familiar with his biography and then to go to the Centropa website to look for a biografy of a " common person " who had been living in the same surroundings ( city ,town ,village ) during the same time period . Studying and confronting those 2 biografies the student should imagine those two person living in the same social and cultural environment . Like this the student will get a different and broader understanding about the time and place which shaped ”his”poet and the " common person " he selected from the Centropa archive .
The following are the indications my students got on how to proceed with the " POETRY "- assignment :
1 - choose a poet from the list you got - or any you like
2 - get familiar with his biography
3 - go to the CENTROPA website www.centropa.org
4 - go to the centropa interview section and search there among the interviews for a person with the same background ( country , city , age , similar upbringing ..... )
5 - go to the section with the photos of this biography and observe them very carefully —> what clothing do the people wear , how are their houses / rooms arranged ....... ? While observing these photos , keep always “ your " poet in mind and try to imagine him / her in those places on those photos . Ask yourself how this environment you observe , together with the background information you gathered , might have influenced the poets literary work .
6 - choose a poem and get familiar with it and prepare the presentation of it in class ( reading the poem in front of the class , giving explanations and a short resumee of the poet's biography , creating a PowerPoint ) .