"History Has A Name" Legacy Workshop
This workshop is designed to help students gain a deeper understanding of the enormity of the tragedy of the Holocaust by introducing them to a child's shoe, an ordinary thing, which is presented against the backdrop of the Holocaust. The workshop is intended to serve as an adjunct to existing Holocaust curricula or programs, and consists of three (3) modular units and a culminating activity that can be customized for classroom use.
In the culminating activity, students have an opportunity to reflect on what they have learned and the material they have encountered about the Shoah, and to creatively express themselves. This can be done with any number of activities. For example, students can create a Yizkor Legacy Memorial Candle plate. While educators should place few constraints on the content, one can use as the base design a hexagonal template, a six-sided construct that is symbolic not only of the six million lives lost, but also of six individual lives. The legacy plates can be used as part of individual, family, school, and/or community remembrances for Yizkor-linked observances. This YIZKOR project workshop emphasizes the importance of personalizing our remembrances of the victims...seeing them as people - not numbers - and seeks to offer insights into the lives of individuals and communities that were lost in the Holocaust.
The workshop applies constructivist learning approaches and critical questioning and discussion, engaging students as they explore a child's shoe while simultaneously building a connection (through the shoe) to the child to whom it belonged. The use of contrasting images and stories is not only applied within each part but also between units. For example, in Part II students again encounter ordinary things, only this time the single shoe is replaced with the image of thousands of shoes warehoused by the Nazis. Similarly, the mounds of shoes stand in contrast to the absence of even a single shoe as students explore one of the the Lost Communities in Lithuania.
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