“If you don't know history, then you don't know anything. You are a leaf that doesn't know it is part of a tree. ”
(Michael Crichton)


"Those unable to catalog the past are doomed to repeat it.”
(Lemony Snicket)


children at war

A lot of people have heard about Ann Frank and so did we. We decided to find more about her because she was one of the numerous Jewish children who afflicted by the war. First we gathered materials from the Internet about her life and the French students processed them and shared them with the others in the form of a Glogster poster. Then we all set to read the book (in English in the simplified version). It took us several lessons at school and also we did some reading at home. At school, when reading the book we often stopped to discuss the facts and details which was very interesting. We also watched parts of the film. All of us were really moved by the story and we felt that we would like to respond to it. Firts of all the French students started a Linoit  noticeboard where all of us shared Anna and her family´s photos and commented on them. Then the Czech students imagined that messages can travel back in time, wrote some encouraging mesages to Anne in the annexe and decoreated a tree with them. The French and the Greek students decided to get into Anne Frank´s  shoes and wrote a diary page of their own; the French students published their diary entries in a wonderful e-book using calameo. The Czech students decided to do it a bit differently - they chose a real day in March / April 2013 and then wrote a real diary entry recording the highlights and drawbacks of the day. Our partners were welcome to comment on the differences between a common teens´ day nowadays and Ann´s day in the Annexe.

However, we looked for information about other war children lives. Michaela Vidláková who came to meet the students of Gymnázium Vysoké Mýto was one of them. She narrated about her life in the Jewish ghetto of Terezín (Theresienstadt).

It is good to know that before the war and during the war there were brave people of all nationalities who helped the Jews. E.g. Sir Nicholas Winton saved 669 Jewish children and there were secret shelters for them in France.

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