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.