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.