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Childhood and Creativity - March 2009

Welcome to the 15th issue of Teaching the Legacy. This edition focuses on the subject of childhood and creativity. The e-newsletter includes a main article on this theme, as well as an interview, a lesson plan about art in the classroom, and a story of childhood rescue. As always, the newsletter features new publications, book reviews, and updates on recent and upcoming activities at the International School for Holocaust Studies and around Yad Vashem. We hope you find this issue interesting and resourceful and we look forward to your feedback.

Teaching the Holocaust by Highlighting the Youth, their Perseverance, and Creativity

Teaching the Holocaust by Highlighting the Youth, their Perseverance, and Creativity

IntroductionChildren were particularly vulnerable during the Holocaust. Deemed as "unwanted," a threat to future Aryan domination, and too small to be of use to the Nazi war machine, children were killed first in aktionen. The Germans and their collaborators killed more than one million Jewish children during the Holocaust, in gas chambers, upon birth, with malnutrition, and with improper clothing and shelter for extended periods of time. Despite the young ages of these victims, many of them sought to live and remain hopeful in spite of an impending doom. Both the surviving children,...
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Interview with Chava Wolf, Artist

Interview with Chava Wolf, Artist

This exclusive interview was published in our newsletter Teaching the Legacy (March, 2009). The original interview was conducted in Hebrew. Chava Wolf-Wijnitzer is a child Holocaust survivor and an artist, born in northern Bukovina (today's Ukraine, near the border of Romania). Her paintings and poems deal with her childhood, most of which was spent in ghettos in Transnistria (near the Dniester river, today's Moldavian SSR). We approached Mrs. Wolf to discuss her childhood, her life, and her creations. We are proud to present selections of her poetry and paintings...
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Creative Use of Holocaust Imagery in the Classroom

Creative Use of Holocaust Imagery in the Classroom

A lesson plan for young students on using artwork to express themselves on the subject of the Holocaust. These guided activities provide an avenue for teachers to use art in the classroom. Through a discussion of symbols and the artwork of Holocaust survivor Chava Wolf, students of varying ages can express themselves on this difficult subject. ...
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Baby's eating utensils that arrived together with Henri (Zwi) Hamerslag when Mirjam Waterman transferred him to Hetty Voute at the train station and thence to Katy Mulder.

A Coat and Baby Utensils that Belonged to the Children Mirjam and Zvi Hamerslag

In this section we focus on artifacts, presented courtesy of the Artifacts Retrieval Department, that can inform us about a specific part of the Holocaust period. These items, which are part of the Yad Vashem collection, are unique: they characterize events that occurred during the Holocaust, and hold emotional value as well. The story of these artifacts is accompanied by points of reference and discussion to be used with students. This article was first published in Hebrew in our October, 2008 newsletter, then appeared in the English edition of Teaching the Legacy (March, 2009). The...
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