In this project, students in groups of 3-4 will read a memoir, diary or biography about a European child whose life was turned to chaos during the Shoah, 1933 to 1945. To start the project, each group will receive a photograph of a contemporary railway station in Europe near where the child’s story takes place and they will begin their Geographical Treasure hunt by finding out where that railway station is today.
During this session families will learn the stories of several individuals who survived the Holocaust and then stayed in Europe after the war. They saw the destruction of the societies in which they grew up and they lived through the harshest years of Communist rule and, ultimately, witnessed the fall of Communism as well. During all this time they lived their lives and raised their families and chose to retain their Jewish identities.
In this family education program, we apply Centropa’s stories from our past to reflect on our values, and translate that learning into action for the present and future. The goal is for families to learn a wide variety of Jewish values and for each family to consider which values they want to consciously live by as a family, and then commit to them.
6th Grade SS/LA Project
An Introduction to Centropa’s film about Haya-Lea Detinko. This lesson uses excerpts from A Tale and Love and Darkness by the great Israeli novelist, and the film about Haya-Lea Dinko, to teach about live in the town of Rovno before WWII.
The Centropa Exhibition Jewish Witnesses to the Polish Century was at our school for 9 days (5 – 14 November 2012) At that time 14 classes, which means over 400 students and teachers, visited the exhibition.