Повернення до Рівне: Історія Голокосту

Це найбільш незвичайний фільм CENTROPA на сьогоднішній день. Шеллі Вейнер та Рая Кіжнерман живуть в місті Грінсборо, штат Північна Кароліна. Але, ці дві доброзичливі бабусі народилися в галасливому місті Рівне – на той час в Польщі, зараз в Україні. У 1941 році в Рівному проживали 20 000 євреїв. Проте, коли німецький Вермахт і Ваффен СС увірвалися в місто, вони планували вбити кожного знайденого єврея. Як Шеллі та Рая пережили це масове вбивство, вони розповідають самі, не довго після того, як відвідали Рівне в 2013 році. Старі фотографіії та вишукані, виконані на замовлення, малюнки художника Емми Флік. Анімаційний дизайн Вольфганга Ельса.

Study Guides

Prewar Poland

Shelly and Raya were both born in the city of Rovno, which at that time was in Poland. Now the city is located in the Ukraine and is called "Rivne".  Learn more about the history of Poland and about the history of Rivne.

Before the war, Rivne had a population of 60,000 – of which, there were approximately 24,000 Jews.

Poland during WW2

In 1939, Germany and the Soviet Union signed the German-Soviet Pact, also known as the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, in which they divided Poland – and much of Eastern Europe – between the two powers.

That September, Rivne became part of Soviet Ukraine, one of the 15 republics that made up the Soviet Union. Read more about the history of the Soviet Union. Rivne became a center for refugees as many Jews fled to Rivne from the Germans in the west. 

Rivne Massacre

In the two months following the German invasion of Rivne, about 3,000 Jews were killed in the city.

Post-war Eastern Europe

Rivne was liberated by Soviet forces in February 1944. Germany eventually capitulated to the Allied Forces in May 1945.

After the war, the Soviet Union retained the territories it had annexed in 1939. Rivne once again became part of Soviet Ukraine, as Poland and the Ukraine were separated under an Allied agreement reached at the Tehran conference.

Lesson plans for this film

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Courageous People Project

Civic activism

Students work on the questions of “what is an act of moral courage” and “what is required to act courageously”. They explore the past and the present to discover courageous...

5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

Return to Rivne

In this lesson, students will be able to analyze a documentary about two young cousins who survived the Holocaust in order to extend our understanding of what we can learn...

Diary and Memoir Project

An interdisciplinary lesson is designed to expose students to important responses to historical and social events and enable students to explore the following statement of inquiry: In times of social...
6, 7, 8

Looking back: A child’s recollections of the Holocaust through the eyes of the children of today

In this cross-cultural project, three Jewish school teachers assigned their students to read the same text using slightly different assignments. Students in all classes produced art in response to the...
10, 11, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

What We Live is History

English, History
“What We Live is History,” can be used in social studies, history, English, and other classes. This lesson challenges students to consider that their lives now will one day be...
10, 11, 12, 6, 7, 8, 9

Return to Rivne: Stations Lesson

Using Return to Rivne as the centerpiece, this lesson uses stations for students to explore the geography, pre-war life, Roma people, the family that hid Shelly and Raya, the toys...

6, 7, 8