Welcome to the ninth issue of Teaching the Legacy. The subject of this issue is “Bearing Witness”, as we focus on witnesses and testimonies. Also included are updates on activities at the International School and within Yad Vashem in the “What’s New” sections, as well as new publications and a new web page for Yom HaShoah resources. We hope you find this newsletter of interest and we look forward to your feedback.
On Witnesses and Testimonies
Two Survivors Tell Their Stories: Holocaust memorial ceremony
Duration: 20 minutes
In this ceremony students commemorate the experiences of two Holocaust survivors and their families, one from Germany and one from Italy.
During the Holocaust, it is estimated that the Nazis and their collaborators systematically murdered approximately six million Jews. Those who survived had to cope with their memories, altering their lives forever. As many survivors chose not to or could not speak of their ordeal, we will never know their story. However, many others felt compelled to relate and give eyewitness accounts of those...
Childhood Before and During the Holocaust
Duration: 1 - 1.5 hours
This age-appropriate lesson plan is suitable for pupils in grades 5-6, and enables children to relate to an individual victim in a world of hardship and difficult dilemmas.
This lesson plan highlights the personal story of Uri Orlev, a Holocaust survivor, who became a writer and translator in Israel. The story, based on his book “The Sandgame,” is told from Uri’s viewpoint as a child. His dreams, hopes and ambitions are described, along with his experiences in ghettos, hiding, and the death of his mother.