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International Holocaust Remembrance Day - 2024

by Cristina Tomé ESFH_330


International Holocaust Remembrance Day - 2024

Children during the Holocaust
Students' stories, diary entries, letters and drawings
Since 2020, students from ESFH have produced texts and drawings about the Holocaust and their work has been posted on the school library blog and the school page for our community to appreciate their empathy and critical thinking.

This year, our focus is on the children. All the drawings, fictional stories, diary entries and letters in this e-book give us some insight into the lives of Jewish children before or during the Holocaust.

Holocaust education is important, even 79 years after the liberation Auschwitz-Birkenau. In 1997, the former Swedish Prime Minister, Göran Persson, initiated an information campaign about the Holocaust, entitled “Living History”. The aim was to provide facts and information and to encourage a discussion about compassion, democracy and the equal worth of all people.

Schools should work on issues related to tolerance, democracy and human rights. The Holocaust and other crimes against humanity are a starting point. As Göran Persson wrote in the epilogue of the book Tell Ye Your Children: "They show what human beings are capable of doing to other human beings when democratic values have been destroyed and replaced by an ideology advocating intolerance, hate and violence".

By studying the Holocaust we learn how the unimaginable became reality. It is our mission, as educators, to make students aware that "the past and the present are continuously present in everything we do". We must learn from past mistakes. Only then can we truly make this world a better place for all!
“Children are not the people of tomorrow, but are people of today. They have the right to be taken seriously, and to be treated with tenderness and respect. They should be allowed to grow into whoever they were meant to be. 'The unknown person' inside of them is our hope for the future."
Janusz Korczak
holocaust clipart #4040134
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Childhood memories through drawings
Gabriela Melo and Maria Isabel Fernandes (10CT1)
Francisca Henriques and Inês Martins (10CT2)