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“The Wooden Clogs Tell their Tale; A True Story”

The aim of the book “The Clogs Tell their Story” is to bring the children into first contact with the subject of the Holocaust. Taking into account their sensitive age, the book presents the Holocaust through the experiences of a young boy, thus rendering the introduction of young readers to this difficult but crucial subject, easier. The story is based on true testimonies from the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, recorded at the Jewish Museum’s archives, as well as on authentic items from the Museum’s Holocaust collection. The illustrations are based on photos of the camp and information from survivors, who gave a lot of data about the layout of that camp and the living conditions there.

In the book, the clogs themselves tell their story of how, from their existence as a tree in German woods, they ended up in the Museum’s Holocaust Display Case, having a direct purpose: to tell their story to all visitors. Through the story of the clogs we get to know their wearer, an anonymous boy prisoner in the camp, and his feelings and fears.

The book may function autonomously or be used in a classroom to prepare children before a visit to the Museum. It may also assist parents who visit the Museum with their children.

“The Second World War and the Holocaust of Greek Jews, 1941-1944”

The study manual is an evolved form of a smaller publication presented to educators during the previous seminar, in 2004. After extensive research, the new edition has been enriched with new texts and information. Special attention has been paid to the visual material, almost doubling the number of photographs previously in the book, in order to make the story livelier and more accessible.

The publication is meant mainly for high school students, hoping to introduce them to an issue as complex as the Holocaust in Greece, in the best way possible. At the same time, it may serve as a tool for teachers, as a stepping-stone for approaching the subject in the classroom. To this end, it includes a chronological table of the main events and a wider selection of references, while also listing the addresses of some reliable websites.

By describing the history of anti-Semitism and the events of the Holocaust in Europe and, more specifically in Greece, the book supports the introduction and teaching of the subject at schools. This may encourage wider discussions on related issues, such as racism, prejudice, discrimination, persecutions and genocides, things that, unfortunately, are still part of our world.

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