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Neighbours Who Disappeared

photo: I.ZŠ Sedlčany , proškolení žáků - průvodců výstavou (o.s. Zapomenutí)

The unique project named Neighbours Who Disappeared encourages young people to search for neighbours of Jewish origin, who disappeared from their direct vicinity mainly during the Second World War. 

The Neighbours Who Disappeared is a literary-documentary project for pupils in the final years of primary school and secondary school, which is participated in by about a tenth of Czech schools every year. The search offers answers to what happened to those who, according to preserved school documents, suddenly ended their studies at the beginning of the Second World War, or where Jewish families from the neighbourhood disappeared to.

Participating students and pupils gather information about the fates of particular missing people from databases, archives of synagogues, villages, cities and regions, but especially from meeting eyewitnesses. The results of the search are presented on the www.zmizeli-sousede.cz website.

Exhibition boards featuring period photographs, which map the fates of particular individuals and families, are created within the project. Such individual boards are then put together to form exhibitions, which travel throughout the Czech Republic and even abroad. The results of the students’ search have until now been presented in Slovakia, Italy, Germany, Great Britain, the USA and Canada.

The Neighbours Who Disappeared project is also focused on the fates of Jewish children. These are mapped by the project called Tribute to the Child Holocaust Victims, which is available to the public at the Jihlava Museum of Vysočina from 18 November 2012. Visitors may see the results of the research activities of pupils from the region of Havlíčkův Brod (Map), Chotěboř (Map), Telč (Map) and Kostelní Myslová (Map).

The whole project is organised by the Jewish Museum in Prague in cooperation with the Forgotten Ones association under the auspices of the President of the Czech Republic. It was officially proclaimed within the Holocaust Phenomenon Conference by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports in 1999.

You can find more information about the project here.

Author: Petra Hubálková
Source: zmizeli-sousede.cz
Added: 01.11.2012

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