‘Making History Together’ is The Together Plan’s six month programme which introduces the subject of the Holocaust to young learners ages 12 and 13. The programme is a journey which starts in the Soviet Union with a focus on Belarus. Participants discover hidden history which gives context to the Holocaust as a whole – how did the German’s come to the Final solution? What were the other solutions? Who were the Jewish partisans? How did Jews escape from ghettos? Through personal stories, specially created films and workshops that explore the impact of changing borders and the different identities that were affected by war, the students gain a real insight into the impact of the Second World War in a very personal and relateable way. We talk about food, culture, religion, antisemitsm and repair. We dig into personal stories of people who were never able to tell their stories, because they survived as communists living in the Soviet Union. In the Sovet Union it was deemed that all Soviet citizens suffered together.
The programme is inspiring young people. It is a safe foundation for future Holocaust education and gives context and meaning to better understand the policies of the Nazis that led to the Final Solution. Moreover, the programme is giving young people the tools to become changemakers; to speak up and out, to question, to challenge, and to take action to make the world a better place.
One of our 2022 programme participants, Ori Cohen-Rose (Finchley Reform Synagogue), was so inspired by one of the stories that he heard on the programme, that he took steps to make a stop-motion film to tell the story, as a mitzvah project towards his bar mitzvah preparation. We are incredibly proud of Ori for taking the time and effort to make this film and we are of course grateful to his production team aka mum and dad!
We at The Together Plan are also proud that our programme has inspired this call to action because this is how we make change happen and we can all be part of it.
Be a changemaker and watch Ori’s film here.
For more information about the Making History Together programme click here.
The story of Nadegda (Nadya) Solovyova and Leonid Ruderman is featured in the ‘We Remember Lest the World Forget – Memories of the Minsk Ghetto’ a book that was translated by The Together Plan and published in 2018. The book is available to be read online and the story of Nadya and Leonid can be found on page 159 using this link.
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