In March and April students of Class IB of Gimanzjum nr 9 im. Jana Pawła II in Sosnowiec, together with teachers Mrs Małgorzata Pełka and Mrs Joanna Janas-Sajdak, participated in The Memory Project, an educational project dealing with the Holocaust and II World War, connecting history and art.
The Project was carried out thanks to the courtesy of Mrs Roz Jacobs, an American painter, who together with Mrs Laurie Weisman is an author of The Memory Project and thanks to help of Galicia Jewish Museum in Karaków.
The aims of the project were to acquaint students with the basic facts and terms related to the Holocaust as well as to enable students to reflect on why memory matters, to make a connection between historical events and their own family’s experiences and role in history and express their observations through artwork and language. Students gathered information about their family members and shared them with their classmates. They also learned the biographies of victims of the Holocaust, rescued form the Holocaust, Righteous Among the Nations and drew their portraits created portraits.
First, students watched documentary “Finding Kalman”, which presented the story of Mrs Ann Huberman, Mrs Roz Jacobs’ mother and her younger brother Kalman. It was uncle Kalman, who inspired Mrs Roz Jacobs to start The Memory Project. Learning about the history of one family students got to know the most important facts about the Holocaust.
Next, students read biographies, drew portraits and reflected on their work.
The portraits were used to celebrate the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, which started on the 19th April 1943.