Over the first few years of the existence of Asociatia Tikvah we have produced original travelling exhibitions derived from our own (and other people's) research; performed our own editing and sub-titling of videos; created downloadable Powerpoints/PDFs and lesson plans.
All these are provided without cost to teachers and we have created a separate website to make them available. We hope that you will take a moment to review them, use them and provide us with feedback.
Human Rights through the Prism of the Holocaust
One of our projects that is not held on the new website is Human Rights through the Prism of the Holocaust which was developed in the period March to December 2013 in conjunction with Onisifor Ghibu High School and with the approval of the regional Education Authorities. It was co-ordinated in the school by social sciences teacher Lilla Sandor, and together with Emilia Teszler from Asociatia Tikvah, they formed an enthusiastic team.
This project was funded by a generous anonymous donor from the USA and consisted of eight distinct lessons.
The first two lessons
The first lesson covered the subject of the Final Solution devised by the Nazi regime to wipe out the Jewish population and the subsequent development of the international agreements on Human Rights. The second focused on the use of propaganda, the links between prejudice, discrimination and genocide and an understanding of the nature of bullying.
Emilia Teszler and Lilla Sandor explaining to pupils the project Human Rights through
the Prism of the Holocaust
Pupils actively illustrating individual human rights
Understanding the pyramid of hate
Working in groups
The third lesson
The theme of the third month was Human Rights and Communism.
The introduction from Asociatia Tikvah was well received by pupils and was supplemented by presentations looking back at the communist regime.
The fourth lesson
The fourth lesson was a trip organised and funded by Asociatia Tikvah and Emilia Teszler spoke about what they could expect to see as the trip began.
The first stop was the Elie Wiesel House in Sighet.
The tour continued to the Sighet Prison which is part of the Memorial of the Victims of Communism.
The fifth lesson
We showed the award-winning film “David” which tells the story of Daud, an 11 year-old religious Muslim boy, growing up in Brooklyn, New York.
Concealing his Muslim identity, Daud inadvertently befriends a group of Jewish boys who, through a series of mistakes, think he is Jewish and accept him as one of their own.
Asociatia Tikvah had added Romanian sub-titles to the film for younger pupils and after the showing of the film there were lively debates on the nature and extent of prejudice.
As one pupil put on his blog “The atmosphere was hot, many people came up with all sorts of diverse arguments and as ever it showed not everyone agrees with everyone else”.
Assembling for the debate
The sixth lesson
Emilia and Maia Teszler participated in an event to remember the Holocaust in Romania day. Pupils produced a presentation both on the developments of the Holocaust generally and on the events within Romania, as it is today.
Asociatia Tikvah also presented prizes to those students who had provided significant contributions to Holocaust remembrance during the project.
The seventh and eighth lessons
The seventh lesson discussed the subject of Rescuers in the Holocaust and viewed the exhibition Lumini in Noapte.
In the eighth lesson Asociatia Tikvah produced and talked to a Powerpoint describing the genocides that have engulfed parts of the world since the end of the Second World War - Cambodia, Darfur, Bosnia and Rwanda.
We also spoke about the White Rose resistance movement that developed in Munich in the 1940s where a number of students/lecturers tried to push back against the Naziregime with serious personal repercussions. Also in the eighth lesson the High School devised a novel way of spreading knowledge of the UN Human Rights by individual pupils adopting a Right and then visiting class by class across the school so as to disseminate the messages far and wide.
Professor Antonio Faur from the University of Oradea was a guest speaker covering Holocaust history.