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sabato 12 gennaio 2019

# Blogging 28 Writing about what I am interested in

In an interesting  post about  blogging  Kathleen Morris shared a list of ideas and topics :
 https://www.theedublogger.com/50-prompts-educators/

I cannot but  say that what she wrote about is something I am familiar with. I love writing and  from time to time  I love reflecting on what is  happening around me or what I have learnt.  An event, a book or also writing about my teaching experience are the main topics  of my posts. Sometimes I read about  events online and then I create some materials for my students.

Meeting the man Sam who survived  Auschwitz

 

Some years ago I read an interesting book by a holocaust  survivor- his name was  Sam- and  I wrote to him. I got his reply thanks to the  publisher that sometimes  sent  his replies.  Sam was an old man and he was the last survivor working on the ramp at  Auschwitz.
He wrote a book  Survivor: Auschwitz, The Death March and My Fight for  Freedom .

He had to suffer and saw many people die but  he wanted the young people to learn about his  life and what he had seen  in the  concentration camps: after reading his book I felt that I should write to him. 

Here is what he wrote to me : I shared it with my students. I will always read it in class to tell my students that  the Holocaust existed.

 

Dear Tiziana,

Thank you for your message. I am always very pleased to hear about classes and projects like yours. My hopes for the world are that we can all live in peace. The first thing we need to do is to have respect for ourselves and for others, if we can not start with ourselves there is no hope for the bigger picture. This is the message I would like you to give to your students – they must respect themselves and others, and respect the fact that people are different. I would also ask that they try to help others less fortunate than themselves. We all live on the same planet, we are all brothers and sisters and I always say to people they must have respect and tolerance for their fellow humans. This is why people need to visit Auschwitz and must understand what the Nazi’s did. Your students need to understand that any society could become like Nazi Germany if we allow it to happen again and many new places like Auschwitz could easily open for business anywhere in the world. This is why the big lesson is respect and tolerance of our differences.

I am optimistic. I think the world is now a better place because of Hitler. I think that most people are good and have learnt the lessons of Hitler and his Nazi party. My dear mother, father, brothers and sisters and all the other millions of mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters all died so the world could learn the lesson of respect and tolerance for one-another. This has been a very high price to pay.

Thank you very much for telling your students about my book. Please say hello to them from me.

Best wishes,
Sam.



I will always  remember  Sam and his  life experience as  he had to teach us the big  lesson of  teaching  tolerance.

Some years later, after reading the book and visiting  Auschwitz I wrote my ebook for a teaching unit about the Holocaust.

I used the words shared by  Sam in his letter to me and some videos where other  people  describe the atrocities they experienced while they were  kept in the  concentration  camps.

My ebook is free and I use it with my classes when I teach  the topic  " Holocaust":

 http://fliphtml5.com/qdlj/mfuc/basic

Biography online
http://www.andrewlownie.co.uk/authors/sam-pivnik


I would like other teachers to share their  ideas about the events or topics they work  on with their students in class. 

3 commenti:

  1. Hi Tiziana,

    How amazing you reached out to Sam. I really enjoyed holocaust stories and I have read this one.

    I'm currently reading Auschwitz Lullabies by Mario Escobar. Have you read it?

    I'll share this post in our next challenge round up on The Edublogger!

    Kathleen

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  2. Thanks to you Kathleen. I realized that most of my posts follow the ideas you presented in your post. I have read a lot of books but the one you mentioned by Mario Escobar is new to me. I really think that we should read these stories as too many young people do not know much about the dark age of Nazism and deny the murdering of many people.

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    1. I'm glad the ideas have been helpful! And I agree about reading Holocaust stories. They're hard to read but too important not to!

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