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Yom Hashoah: Holocaust Memorial Projects By Wilma Poyser and the 6th and 7th Grade Students at Mercaz Aliyah

04/05/2021 05:57:59 PM


Shalom, and Bruchim Habaim, my name is Wilma Poyser, and I'm the Holocaust Educator at Temple Aliyah. Wednesday, April 7th is Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Memorial Day, and at 10 AM in Israel, sirens will sound and citizens all over Israel will stop for 2 minutes in memory, in respect, of 6 million Jewish souls who were lost in the Holocaust, 1.5 million of them children. 

Our sixth and seventh grade students at Mercaz Aliyah have participated in my Holocaust class focusing on identity, vocabulary, the relevance to our lives, and the human stories of the Holocaust. During the year, the students are assigned a project to focus on those that have been recognized as Heroes and Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem. They are asked to choose one name, likely that they have never heard of before, and to research that individual and their history, and to present the individual to the class. We are so proud of all of the work that the sixth and seventh grade students have done this year. May the memories of all of these Heroes and Righteous People be a blessing. Zichronam L'bracha. 

You can find the videos and flipbooks of their research and work here: 


Poetry of the Holocaust

The Butterfly by Pavel Friedmann

The last, the very last,

So richly, brightly, dazzlingly yellow.

Perhaps if the sun's tears would sing

against a white stone…


Such, such a yellow

Is carried lightly ‘way up high.

It went away I'm sure because it wished to

kiss the world goodbye.


For seven weeks I've lived in here,

Penned up inside this ghetto

But I have found my people here.

The dandelions call to me

And the white chestnut candles in the court.


Only I never saw another butterfly.

That butterfly was the last one.

Butterflies don't live in here,

In the ghetto.

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