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PRESENTATION OF THE ASSOCIATION

The Association Children of the Shoah was established in 1998 and is made up of Jewish Survivors of the deportations, their families, and sympathizers. It has achieved consolidated status on the national level in Italy. It is comprised of volunteers who are committed to ensuring that the horrors of the Holocaust– the physical annihilation and the psychological destruction of six million humans ‘guilty’ only of having been born – will never be forgotten.Among the various projects carried out the following must be noted:

1. The campaign to raise public awareness for the approval of the Law stabilizing that January 27th as the yearly date in which The Holocaust Remembrance Day will be observed starting from 2001.
2. The preview of the film The Last Days, produced by Steven Spielberg in Rome with the President of the Italian Republic Azeglio Ciampi in attendance. Copies of this film were then distributed in schools.
3. Exhibitions:
-Anne Frank (2000) at Castello Sforzesco in Milan
-So As Not to Forget The Holocaust (2001)
-Memory: From Racial Laws to Liberation Milan-Auschwitz-     Venice (2002)
-Memory: The Drowned and The Saved (2003)
-Stolen Childhood (2004) and January 30th 1944 Convoy RSHA Milan-Auschwitz (2005) at Palazzo della Ragione Milano

Since 2000 the exhibitions have drawn in more than 300,000 visitors, most of them school children of all ages and levels.The touring exhibition A Journey in Memory –Track 21 was translated into English and Polish and was shown at the Museum of Auschwitz-Birkenau (2006).

In 2007, The Association together with the partners of The Holocaust Memorial Foundation of Milan presented the completed project of a Memorial at the Central Railway Station of Milan with the President of the Italian Republic Giorgio Napolitano attending.

Since 2008, the Association has been collaborating with the Lombardy Schools Board.
Amongst the many other things this Association does is to organize meetings with Holocaust Survivors, debates, seminars and refresher courses for teachers in collaboration with the International Organizations that are devoted to research on the Holocaust.

Since the year it started, The Association Children of the Shoah has wanted to place a strong educational emphasis and moral significance on the Testimonies of the Survivors. Our audience is the new generation, in particular students from Middle and High Schools.
The telling of these tragic events by Survivors of the Holocaust, who experienced the atrocities first hand, is an important tool in opening and awakening the consciousness of young people. They in turn will hand down the Memory of what happened.

The Association offers the use of its three touring exhibitions Destination Auschwitz, Stolen Childhood and A Journey In Memory -Track 21 freely. It has produced two Didactic Multimedia Kits in Italian that are distributed free of charge to schools and libraries.


DIDACTIC ACTIVITIES

The Association Children of the Shoah has carried out intense programmes giving support to teachers and any other organizations that are interested in didactic sessions pertaining to the Holocaust Day of Remembrance. Three touring exhibitions as well as two Didactic Kits, complete with brochures and Multimedia materials, are freely distributed to schools and any other private or public organizations that ask for it. These materials help teach subjects related to the Holocaust.


Didactic Kits 1 and 2

From History to Memory
and  A Journey In Memory
The Holocaust explained to youth: these two kits are available thanks to the funding of the following organizations: the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, the  Lombardy Region  , the Municipality of Milan, the Foundation Corriere della Sera, the Italian  Foundation to help with Nazi Victims, law 249/2000 run by UCEI edited by Proedi Editors.

The Kits are made up of:

- A Catalogue of the show: Stolen Childhood
- A Catalogue of the show: A Journey in Memory-Track 21
- VHS Cassette & DVD: The city that Hitler gave to the Jews
- VHS Cassette & DVD: A Journey to The Death Camps
- VHS Cassette: The Survivors Remember
-  DVD: A Journey in Memory-Track 21
-  A reproduction of the front page of Corriere della Sera of November 11th 1938 with the headline ‘The Laws in Defence of Race Approved by the Italian Cabinet’.
- 4 maps of Europe and Italy of the period 1938-1945 with indepth historical analysis at the back
- A Visual Album: Remember this did happen-Destination Auschwitz
- A Booklet: From History to Memory
- A Booklet: They were children just like us…
- A Booklet: A Journey in Memory
- A Visual Album: Journey in Memory-Destination Auschwitz
- A Book: The Dictionary of Lager by Oliver Lustig
- A Time Line by Andrea Bienati.

These Kits are freely distributed to all schools and libraries in Italy should they request it.


Touring  Exhibitions

A Journey in Memory-Track 21
This exhibition has been translated into English. It tells the story of 605 people tragically deported on January 30th 1944 to the extermination camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau, from a phantom platform, the so called Track 21, which was hidden under Milan’s Central Train Station. From the end of 1943 to the beginning of 1945, from those underground platforms, 14 other convoys of human suffering and exhaustion, left destined for the Nazi death camps. This is an Italian story, not only regarding Jews, but the entire population. This exhibition is divided into 2 parts: the first deals with the Racial Laws and the anti Jewish persecution in Italy; the second is made up of moving Testimonies from some of the unfortunate families that were deported from that platform.Technical Data
37 panels measuring 70cm x 100cm
Insurance Repayment and Transport Costs: payable by applicant.

Destination Auschwitz
This exhibition deals with the phases of the anti Jewish persecutions during the Second World War, from the rise of Nazifascism in Germany to the Racial Discrimination Laws in Italy. Four survivors, Mrs Liliana Segre, Mrs Goti Bauer, Mr Shlomo Venezia and Mr Nedo Fiano, tell the tragic stories of the deportations of millions of innocent people to the extermination camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau.
A particular section of this show has a virtual reconstruction of the death chambers found in these extermination camps. 

Holocaust: Stolen Childhood
This exhibition goes back over the negation of the fundamental rights of Jewish children during the Nazi persecution. There were one and a half million young innocent victims of the Holocaust.
Through the negation of the fundamental rights of childhood such as the right to play, to dignity, to health, to an identity, to learning, to freedom, to guardianship, and lastly to life, this exhibition highlights the hard conditions and the terrible restraints young Jewish children and youth were subjected to throughout these awful years.
This terrible horror is contrasted with the important figure of the Polish pedagogue Janusz Korczak, the inspiring father of the actual International Convention of Childrens Rights, who fought till the end to relieve the suffering and horror of his orphanage which was situated in the Warsaw Ghetto.
Different panels with extracts from his publications highlight his moral and pedagogical ideas.