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ORT students participated in Masa Shorashim program

14  2016

 From March 29 to April 4 nearly 400 people from 34 schools from the former Soviet Union took part in the international project "Masa Shorashym". ORT schools students from Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Moldova acquainted with the life of the former Jewish towns and traditions of the Jewish people and the Holocaust in Poland.

Preparations for the project began in December. Participants prepare creative and research work on the topic "Missing World: Jews of Poland between the two world wars."

All participants of "Masa Shorashym" noted that the trip to Poland turned their ideology, they have learned a lot during this trip:

Anna Martyschenko, 10th grade, Kiev ORT Educational Complex #141: “The most difficult and long-awaited day was a day trip to the death camp. I heard a lot about this place, read about it, watched movies on the subject, but all this was not enough. My hair stood on the end when I arrived there. I still cannot get over. Sometimes I wake up with those scary pictures. But anyway, I'm glad I was there because I began to think in a different way, the whole world is perceived quite differently.Also I liked our team, because we were a family from the very first day. We worried about each other; support each other when it was difficult. I am thankful for the opportunity to participate in this program!”

Kirill Guselnikov, 10th gradeChernovtsy ORT Jewish school #41: “It is impossible to experience this while sitting at home or in the classroom. It seemed that every stone, every tree remembered about this horror. Everyone needs to seethis terrible place with his own eyes at least once in life. Everyone needs to do everything possible to ensure that this does not happen again. But there were wonderful moments in Poland, I visited beautiful cities Krakow and Warsaw, which are so different, but so beautiful. In each city Jewish history and tradition left a tangible mark on the cultural and spiritual heritage. After all, if you look closely, you can see a trace of mezuzah at an aisle of house, the Jewish monuments,  synagogues – poorest and incredibly beautiful, destroyed wall of the ghetto, which served as a symbol of the Jewish victory over the Nazi regime -  these all are one big Poland”.

Dmitry Sobol, 10th grade,Odessa ORT School #94: “The program was really hard, both physically and spiritually. I was struck by a trip to Auschwitz, shocked by every small detail.  Such programs as "Masa Shorashim ", are needed in order not to forget the past, seeking the future. Not only Jewshave to learn the history of the Jewish people, but also all who desire to be happy and undefiled in the future. And we will never forget this trip, these places, these stories and persons accompanied us. We will remember and we will be united. And such a catastrophe should never happen again, should not happen with any of the people in the future”.

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