Righteous Remembrances

This 2015 Milton Wolf Prize winning lesson stresses the importance of individual responsibility and accountability in the face of difficult choices.  Students will learn about individuals during the Holocaust who, in the face of incredible uncertainty and personal risk, chose to do the right thing and protect those who were being persecuted.  Students then have the opportunity for real-world application of their knowledge by recognizing individuals in their community who are making an effort to improve the lives of those around them.  This lesson utilizes the Centropa film “Survival in Sarajevo,” as well as biography information from Yad Vashem and other YouTube videos.

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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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