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In the Footsteps of the Ghetto Fighters, An Interactive Program

In preparation for the events commemorating 70 years to the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, the Ghetto Fighters’ House is creating an interactive tablet application for use by high school students and soldiers who visit the Museum. This activity will become part of the study days and tours for students and soldiers to help enrich and deepen their understanding of the ghetto fighters through innovative learning techniques.

The activity will be conducted in small groups (2-3 students per group), each of which will work with a computer tablet that will track a key historical figure – Zivia Lubetkin, Yitzhak Zuckerman, Marek Edelman, Abba Kovner, Leon Rodal (an Etzel member), or Shimek and Justyna Draenger. The groups will engage in research about the individuals and follow the stations of their lives from childhood through the war years, as they grapple with the dilemmas they faced and the critical decisions they had to make.

Our goal for this activity is to create engaging and thought-provoking learning conditions through the use of advanced technology.  The computer program will incorporate photographs, voices, testimonies, texts, and film clips, bringing to life the story of each historical figure. The use of computer tablets will enable us to introduce the students to the many diverse facets of each individual. We hope to challenge the students and pose questions that will remain with them long after the tour is over.

We hope that this activity will allow for an original, provocative, and stimulating portrayal of the story of the youth movements in the ghetto and will motivate them to continue their museum experience with a shared understanding of and appreciation for the contemporary significance of the ghetto uprisings.
Of course we hope the students leave with a desire to participate in future activities in the Ghetto Fighters’ House!

This activity will allow the museum to provide students with access to materials that had previously not been made available to museum visitors – about the Jewish community prior to the war, the life of the Jews between the two world wars, activism in a Diaspora youth movement and its impact on the leaders of the ghetto uprisings.


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