Teaching the Legacy #27 – Art & Commemoration – Poetry & Commemoration

Apr. 02, 2012

Source: Yad Vashem


The 27th issue of Teaching the Legacy, e-newsletter for Holocaust Educators has just been released. This edition is part of a newsletter series that focuses on the subject of Commemoration and Art. This e-newsletter deals with Poetry and Commemoration. Poetry can be an excellent educational resource, which can translate the Holocaust from a massive historical process into a series of events, which directly affected the life of the individual.


Holocaust poetry provides a variety of perspectives and themes from and about every facet of the event, including the perspective of victims, oppressors, bystanders, and rescuers. The main article discusses a number of poems by renowned poets and writers that point up the emotional expression poetry accomplishes so well. It is accompanied by a teacher’s guide which describes the use of poetry and its value in the classroom. A second article discusses Friedl Dicker Brandeis. There is also an interview with the Holocaust survivor Ester Golan, whose poetry acts like testimony about her Holocaust experiences, as well as an interview with the poet Dr. Simon Lichman.


The article about Ester Golan and her experiences in the Kindertransport, the article about Friedl Dicker Brandeis, as well as the book reviews found in this edition of the newsletter, provide materials that can be used to teach about this year's theme for the Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day (also known as Yom HaShoah), “The Individual and the Community – My Brother’s Keeper”.


As always, the newsletter features new publications and updates on recent and upcoming activities at the International School for Holocaust Studies and across Yad Vashem.

Updated: Aug. 28, 2012