Beverley Grammar School has joined up with an exciting new initiative established by the Shoah institute at the University of Southern California. They have made thousands of hours of Holocaust survivor testimony video available to students. They can search the iWitness site for clips relevant to any subject regarding the Holocaust and the Jewish experience they wish. They can save those clips and use a video editing suite built into the website to create their own films using the testimonies.
Furthermore, they can search a vast library of images and information files and add these to their films. There are also facilities which allow them to record commentary, add text and introduce background music. As well as giving them a very powerful tool in terms of investigating and reflecting on these events, the students are able to practice skills essential for the 21st century workplace. The films that can be accessed below show how these students have produced projects which demonstrate:
- The experiences of Jewish people before WWII showing to an extent what was lost in the Holocaust. Only after an appreciation of this can we begin to grasp the significance of these events.
- The extent to which Jewish people resisted, whether it be with violence of spiritual means, maintaining dignity in the most difficult of circumstances.
- The diversity and complexity of these events where some people could be both perpetrators and rescuers, some both victims and bystanders.
- Powerful moments which invite viewers to reflect more effectively on deeper layers of meaning.