We are working on a set of European/International Lesson Plans about the consequences of the totalitarianism in the XX Century, in the WWII and in the Spanish Civil War, with emphasis on the Human Rights like the concentration camps during the Holocaust (Shoah) and the current consequences of the Spanish Civil War (Law of Historical Memory), and the resistance movement of people who thought other world and reality was possible. It means our main purpose is to make our students aware of the importance of critical thinking and political and social activism in the construction of the EU through the European History and the development of Human Rights against intolerance and totalitarianism in order to create pedagogical tools to offer a new perspective on the extermination: from Collaboration, Indifference and Resistance in response to the new rise of radical-right parties in Europe.

Saturday, 30 April 2016

Visit to Kraków and meeting with the Holocaust survivor

On April, 28th 45 students of Gimnazjum nr 9 im. Jana Pawła II in Sosnowiec visited the Jewish district of Kraków, where they learnt about the history and culture of Jewish community in Kraków as well as its history related to II World War and the Holocaust. The trip was organized in cooperation with Galicia Jewish Museum. We started the trip at the Old Synagogue, then me moved on to Remu Synagogue, we sat at the bench with Jan Karski and learnt about Helena Rubinstein. We visited the most important places related to Jewish culture, as well as the area of the former ghetto. We ended our trip at the Jewish Community Cetre of Kraków where we had the honour to meet Mrs Lidia Maksymowicz, who was taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp as a child, and listen to the difficult story of her childhood.

Meetings with witnesses of history seem to be the best history lessons and we hope that the one we participated in last Thursday will stay in our memories forever, together with Mrs Maksymowicz’s appeal to students to do everything so that history was never repeated. 

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Lithuanian meeting 16th-20th November 2015

15th -21st  November 2015(travel days included) our small community of 350 members at age from 7 years old till 19 th years old of  Vilniaus Šolomo Aleichemo ORT gimnazija hosted 29 students and 15 teachers from partners schools. It's very pity that not all our students who hosted guests will take part in project in activities in other countries and not in all countries. Just 20 will be so happy. 

List of quests:


1. The lesson “STRUMA”, prepared by the Turkish partners, was conduct in the 10B grade. It was done in a Lithuanian language at the lesson of the Jewish history (R.Bieliauskienė, Teacher of Jewish History).
2. The lesson “Resistance”, prepared R. Bieliauskienė, was conduct in the 10B grade. It was done in a Lithuanian language at the lesson of the Jewish history (R.Bieliauskienė, Teacher of Jewish History)).
3. Presentation of the School Tolerance Centre.
 (G. Kuklienė, Teacher of History)
4. Presentation of the Jewish Community
(E. Pavinskienė, Deputy of the Principal)
5. A lecture on an Educational System in Lithuania held during the meeting in Lithuania ( O. Čepulėninė, Department of General Education, Lower and Upper Secondary Education, Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania).
6. The Introductory presentation on the running of the school (M.Jakobas, the Principal of the Šolomo Aleichemo ORT gimnazija).
7. Leadership games for all participating students during the meeting in Lithuania. (T.Segalienė)
8. A seminar on Concentration camps and Extermination in Lithuania during the meeting in Lithuania (M.Jakulytė - Vasyl, Tolerance Centre, Vilnius Gaon Jewish State Museum).
9. Exhibition – tasting of Jewish national cuisine during the meeting in Lithuania (the students’ Erasmus group from Lithuania prepared food and explanations).
10. Workshop for students, during the meeting in Lithuania, on the meaning of Hamsa in Jewish traditions and making Hamsa themselves, as personal souvenirs. (S. Pavinskaitė, school Art Studio).
11. Visit to the University Library. (University guide).
12. Visiting Paneriai Holocaust memorial with a survivor F. Brancovsky.
13. Visiting Lithuanian Parliament. Theme: Soviet bloc Independence campaigns, Lithuanian Resistance in 1989 -1991. (Parliament guides)
14. Visiting the Green house; lecture on Holocaust in Vilnius and a story on C.Sugihara. (Museum guide)
15. Excursion ”Vilnius Ghetto”. (R.Bieliauskiene)
16. Introduction of an Electronic Vilnius city Municipality Managing programme. Vilnius city Municipality (V.Mosin, Client Service Department).
17. Introduction of the History of the Karaims in Lithuania in Trakai. (The guide of Trakai tourism centre).
18. The play “Remember”. (R.Sadauskiene, Teacher of English; the students of the Erasmus group)
19. Commemoration of the Day of Tolerance, exhibition. (G. Kuklienė, V. Grinkevičienė)
20. Visit to the headquarters of the Jewish Community of Lithuania. (M.Grodnikienė, Deputy Chairwoman of the Community).
21. Meetings with the students and teachers in the classrooms. (Teachers of the Lithunaian language, Jewish History, Lithuanian History, Russian language, Jewish traditions.)
22. Presentation for the meeting in Greece “Holocaust in Theatre” (J.Paliukevičiūtė, R.Sadauskienė, T.Segalienė).
23. Presentation of the lesson plan “Collaboration” (R.Sadauskienė, T.Segalienė)


Monday, 11 April 2016

HOLOCAUST IN PAINTING - Polish students' presentation

Authors of the presentation: Alicja Kosiec, Marlena Żejmo, 
Wiktoria Karbowniczek, Karolina Kotwicka, Małgorzata Kowalska