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A history lesson becomes a lesson of humanity and morality

The movie “To Remember” became a lesson of humanity and morality for hundreds of students from the English High School “Geo Milev”- Burgas and the High School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences “Akad. Nikola Obreshkov” – Burgas.

Is it possible for a person to endanger himself and his family to help others? Where do the dimensions of humanity and love extend? Why exactly were the Jews the object of persecution and destruction during the Second World War? What was the incentive for those who opposed the inhuman law to protect the nation and to avoid the deportation of the Jews from Bulgaria?

Students from the English High School “Geo Milev”- Burgas and the High School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences “Akad. Nikola Obreshkov” – Burgas asked for answers to these questions in a discussion with representatives of the Center for Jewish-Bulgarian Cooperation “Alef”. The attention of the students was focused on examples shown in the film “To Remember”, which was projected to them, as well as in the narrative of its author Alberta Alkalay, president of Center “Alef”. The events of the Second World War, the terrible inhumanity and cruelty manifested during the Holocaust years, the sacrifice and the moral purity of the people who chose to preserve their humanity and conscience were reproduced in front of the students.

The screening caused many questions to the young people. Based on what they have already experienced through “Schindler’s’ list”, “Life Is Wonderful”, “The Book Thief”, they were looking for additional answers for the darkest period in human history.

“The topic of the Holocaust is particularly painful because millions of people have been killed for the first time in the history of mankind with such a hatred and orderliness. This leaves an open wound and, however painful the history is, these events have to be reminded, because this is the only way to prevent their recurrence,” said Veselin Gratsmanov, a history teacher at the English High School “Geo Milev”. He also told about his visit to the museum of the Holcaust in Israel.

“History is not just an object, it is a message for the future precisely through the lessons it gives us,” said Dimitrina Rusinova, a teacher at the High School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences “Akad. Nikola Obreshkov”.

Vesela Bukleva, a history teacher at the same high school, who also has been in Israel before, expressed her satisfaction that the students were interested in the subject of the Holocaust. This year she works with them on the project “Days in Memory of the Holocaust Victims and Social Justice.”

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