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  • 27 January 2016

    In a pioneering educational project marking the inaugural recognition of The European Day of the Righteous in the UK, 300 children from London’s Jewish and Polish schools present their interpretation of the heroic acts of Righteous Among the Nations in the form of a unique exhibition as well as a book. Follow ‪#‎PolishRighteous‬ on Facebook and Twitter every day until 6 March!


    The aim of the “Learning from the Righteous” educational experience is to encourage children to write reflectively about acts of courage and selflessness carried out by non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust – the Righteous Among the Nations. A series of engaging workshops with children aged between 10 and 13 organised throughout January and February will culminate in an exhibition at the Polish Embassy in early March 2016 in commemoration of The European Day of the Righteous. The event will coincide with Mother’s Day celebration across the UK recognising the bravery of mothers who rescued Jewish orphans.


    “Learning from the Righteous” is a collaborative creative project between author and educationalist Antony Lishak and the Polish Embassy in London, involving over 300 children in London-based Jewish and Polish schools. It is hoped that this exhibition will be displayed at a variety of educational establishments across the country in the following months and provide a springboard for broader recognition of “The European Day of the Righteous” in subsequent years by bringing another dimension to the Jewish-Polish Dialogue.


    Antony Lishak is an experienced educator who has led workshops in over 2,000 UK schools and is the author of over 30 titles for children. His most recent book, STARS, is set in war-time Warsaw and was inspired by the story of Jan and Antonina Zabinski, directors of the Warsaw Zoo, who provided assistance and sanctuary to many Jews and whose heroism was recognised by Yad Vashem in 1965.


    The European Day of the Righteous was established in 2012 by the European Parliament to commemorate individuals who have been recognised by Yad Vashem (The Centre of Holocaust Study and Remembrance in Jerusalem) as Righteous Among the Nations. Poles constitute the largest national group of the Righteous, with more than 6,600 honoured by Yad Vashem, even though in contrast to other countries of Europe, in occupied Poland, providing refuge to Jews was punishable by death.


    Follow ‪#‎PolishRighteous‬ and @LftRighteous on Facebook and Twitter every day until 6 March!

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