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The International School for Holocaust Studies

Teaching the Legacy: e-Newsletter for Holocaust Educators
(April, 2005)


New Educational Unit about Lodz
As In Days Gone By is a unique multimedia program that traces the cultural and spiritual life in the Lodz Ghetto.

The protagonists are the Jews of Lodz, who, despite being trapped in an almost impossible historical reality, tried to live their lives as they had in the past. During times of starvation, disease, and death, survival became the main objective in life. The struggle for the survival of the body entailed the struggle to save the soul as well.

The CD-ROM offers dynamic activities for creating a personal journey. The presentation is linked to the database, which contains photographs, video testimonies, a lexicon, a timeline, and articles, as well as the other texts that are used in the presentation.

All the original texts were written during the war years. The original short films and most of the photographs were taken in the Lodz Ghetto. All of the other materials were taken from other places in Europe during the war. The video testimonies were filmed decades after the war.

Both the written and videotaped testimonies, the memoirs, and the documents of the period all record history and recount the personal experiences of people in distress.

The program was produced by the International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem.

This multimedia program was made possible by the generous support of the Dan Family, Canada and through the assistance of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.

New Educational Unit about Theresienstadt
Between the Worlds is a unique multimedia program examining social frameworks and relations between residents in the Theresienstadt ghetto. The CD-ROM focuses on the different categories of which the Jews of the ghetto belonged – such as children and adults. In the world controlled by the Germans, Jews were denied freedom, and almost any choice over their way of life. An examination of Jews' lives in the ghetto illustrates their desire to live alongside despair and death.

The CD-ROM provides a presentation linked to a comprehensive database – video testimonies, lexicon, chronological timeline, historical articles, and other texts that are found in the presentation.

The program was produced by the International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem.

This multimedia program was made possible by the generous support of the Dan Family, Canada and through the assistance of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.