I have taken my students to visit some concentration camps : in Germany and also in Poland. We have a lesson based on the places and the documents which we saw. I saw my students crying and I am aware that what they experiences there will always be part of them.The #Holocaust began with words, but with education and knowledge we can counter hate speech and help prevent genocide.— UNESCO (@UNESCO) 27 gennaio 2019
27 January is International #HolocaustRemembrance Day
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I have also met a man who was a child at the time of the Holocaust and he lived in France. He talked to us and we could learn more about the conditions of the people who lived in the regions occupied by the Nazis.
Hopefully,people cared and he was saved. His mother and his family died as they were taken to concentration camps but a good soul looked after him and the other children. They had lessons and tried to forget that their families were not with them anymore.
These are school projects which I took part in, but every year we do work on texts, readings and videos about the ones who survived and also to remember the ones who died because of the atrocies which took place in the concentration camps.
This year I worked on a text, Memento by S.Spender, it is a poem that reminds us that we should never forget. The power of images can help us see what the soldiers saw when they arrived in Auschwitz.
We have also watched the first part of the film Shindler's list and we have seen some videos where some people remember what happened to them.
Here I have collected some interesting documents which I might use with my students. They tell us about the importance of listening, meeting the last survivors and also teaching about the importance of respect. We live in a society where the young and also the old forget or they do not seem to be interested in the past.
Without the past and the lessons from the past human beings risk making the same mistakes.
This is the reason why everybody should remember what happened in Europe in the dark age of Nazism.