Postcards to Sarajevo

We began this lesson by watching Centropa’s film, Survival in Sarajevo, and walking through the traveling exhibition of the same name, which we brought to our school. Each class discussed the story and hardships the people in Sarajevo faced, the choices they made to support no matter what each person’s ethnic background was, and the courage it took to do that during an ethnic war.  We discussed what life may have been like for people during the siege of Sarajevo to wait for letters from the outside (and for their loved ones outside of Bosnia to wait for news from them), and how different that is from the immediacy of email and social media. Students then created their own postcards, using images and symbols representing themes from the film to decorate one side, and writing a message on the other. The postcards were hung over the Survival in Sarajevo exhibition, viewed by all students in the school. 

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Survival in Sarajevo -- Friendship in a Time of War

The story of how an old synagogue in the Bosnian war zone became a beacon of hope for everyone. During the Bosnian war (1992-1995), the Jewish community of Sarajevo refused to take sides, opened their own humanitarian aid agency inside the city's synagogue, and were soon joined by their Muslim, Croat and Serbian friends. While outside of the besieged Bosnian capital, nationalist politicians swore these ethnic groups could not get along, here's a group of people who never got the memo. In this European war, Jews were not the victims. In this war, Jews were saving Muslims and Christians.

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