On 11 January 2017, I was asked by Rabbi Craig Kacev, head of Jewish Studies at King David High Schools, Johannesburg, South Africa, whether I could make a presentation to the 1000 students at the Linksfield and Victory Park campuses.
Students sing the song in Yiddish at the annual Yom Hashoah ceremonies, but do not understand the inspiration, meaning and significance of the Jewish Partisans’ Song, Zog Nit Keynmol – Never Say You’ve Reached The End of the Road…..
I researched what I could in the limited time available. My first presentation was at the Linksfield campus on 7 February 2017. Since then, I have found more resources to add to our database.
This seemingly simple request has now snowballed into an international project involving schools in South Africa, Australia, Lithuania, Russia, Ukraine, Moldova and Mexico
This has become an amazing opportunity for this beautiful and inspiring poem and song of hope to be presented in a fresh approach by young students. The legacy of the partisans and survivors is being adopted by future generations.
Rabbi Craig Kacev, Rabbi Mendel Rabinowitz, Principal Andrew Baker, Eli Rabinowitz and Victory Park School Captains.
King David Linksfield
King David Linksfield
My full presentation at KDHS – Keynote Video
Phillip Maisel, Holocaust survivor talking the 11 year old students of Sholem Aleichem School in Melbourne in 2015. Philip was a friend of Hirsh Glik.
Freydi Mrocki, their teacher made the audio recording of the visit, to which I added subtitles. I also edited the audio of the meeting.
For more on Phillip’s work visit: http://www.jhc.org.au/museum/collections/survivor-testimonies.html
Several people provided invaluable help and I want to particularly thank Joseph Toltz, Freydi Mrocki and the teachers and students of the six schools who contributed to the initial stages of the project.
Freydi sen me a recording of her reciting the poem in English:
Herzlia High School hosted 5 other schools online on 15 February 2017
Herzlia in Cape Town, South Africa – Mark Helfrich (a Jewish day school) HOST
Atzalyno Gimnazija in Kedainiai, Lithuania – Laima Ardaviciene
ORT Herzl Technological Lyceum in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova – contact
student & IT support Sandu Kiritsa Teacher: Mrs. Anna Curilova (Jewish school)
A special note of thanks to Mark Helfrich and Cantor Ivor Joffe in preparing the Herzlia Vocal Ensemble for their presentation.
The Historical Moments
The Protest Song
A summary video of some of the presentations schools made
Video presentation by Ort #141 Kiev School in the Ukraine.
Teacher: Marina Psyanets
Hirsh Glik by Atzalyno Gimnazija, Kedainiai, Lithuania
Teacher: Laima Ardaviciene
Partisans by Kalvarija Gimnazija, Lithuania
Teacher: Giedre Guzaviciene
The broadcast of the online Hangouts hosted by Herzlia School and coordinated by Steve Sherman of Living Maths on 8 February 2017
ORT Solomo Aleichemo, Vilnius, Lithuania
My radio interview on ChaiFM on 7 February.
World ORT comes on board:
Moriah College Sydney