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Learning from History. The Holocaust

Gheorghita Tifui

Students from secondary school and high school classes visited the Baal Sem Tov wooden synagogue from Piatra Neamt, which attracts thousands of pilgrims from around the world every year. They had been unaware of the Jewish heritage in their city and many of them said they had never met a Jewish person. Afterwards, they made presentations and paintings related to what they have learned about Jewish life, and how they feel after finding out about the horrors of the Holocaust. They watched together the movie La vita e bella and discussed about it afterwards. As they were researching on the Internet about Jewish music and discussing about minorities and their cultures, some of the students shared that these activities made them realize they should not be ashamed of their Roma ethnic and cultural background.


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