My Partisan Song Project presentation at Muizenberg High School
Muizenberg High School principal Leonie Jacobsen and I first met on Thursday night, 8 February, at a delightful Yiddish music concert, featuring singer Caely-Jo Levi at the Kalk Bay Theatre. Leonie was introduced to me by my cousin, Julian Reitstein, a teacher at her school.
With Yiddish singer, Caely-Jo Levi
With Julian Reitstein, Leonie Jacobsen and Lesley Abelsohn after the show.
Julian told Leonie about my previous night’s presentation at the Cape Town Holocaust and Genocide Centre; the online collaboration class hosted by Herzlia High School with six schools in the FSU; and the inspiring concert at Highlands House retirement home on the same day. Without hesitation, Leonie invited me to address her students before I left Cape Town.
With Richard Freedman, director of the CT Holocaust Centre
The online class at Herzlia High School
The concert at Highlands House
At 9 am the following Monday, 12 February, I addressed 300 upper high school students at Muizenberg HS. Leonie organised everything in just one working day. What amazing organisation skills!
Here are photos from the morning.
Guests included Alice King, the US Consul (Education), who has offered to help facilitate the translation of the Partisan Song into Xhosa, so that next time I visit, the students can sing it in one of South Africa’s 11 official languages!
We are very pleased to inform you that the following proposal has been accepted for presentation at the 38th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy in Warsaw, Poland from August 5 -10, 2018.
The Partisan Song Project and Genealogy – Inspiring and Connecting a New Generation
“Zog Nit Keynmol” is the anthem of Holocaust survivors. It is a legacy that is in danger of soon dying out. The Partisan Song Project is an initiative to connect it to the next generation through meaning, context, and family histories.
This multi-media presentation follows the path of the project from its genesis in January 2017:
the initial request from a school for information;
my research methodology and content;
my “out of the box” teaching style to 1000 students;
planning and running a separate online class with five schools in the FSU and hosted by a sixth;
introducing family history to the program;
working with more schools;
spreading the message via social media, Holocaust centres and survivors;
going global with the support of World ORT; HET UK, TEC Lithuania, Yad Vashem; and
the case study of Oscar Borecki, a Bielski Partisan from Novogrudok and commemorating his legacy in Australia.