Event 1: Lublin, Poland
After three days of intensive creative activity and discussion, four key questions are asked and we form four groups to answer them, moving from card to card to answer all questions . . .
Why is it important to remember?
As a sign of respect to the people affected by genocide.
In order to learn and prevent these things happening again.
If we don’t keep remembering, the stories will be lost and so will we.
To acknowledge that we are all capable of terrible acts at any time and in any place.
Not to remember means we are indifferent.
To empathise with one another, even though we might be different.
Commemoration for the victims.
We should learn from past mistakes and the choices of the past. Sadly we don’t!
We should learn about this part of history and actively share it with our family, children and friends.
It’s important to remember but we need to address the issues of the present as well as remember the past and connect them.
What responsibility do we carry to guard against genocide?
We should read more and visit exhibitions and museums
Stay well informed
Participate in democracy
Be aware of what is happening across the world
Know our history and that of other people
Acknowledge that the media is biased and not to take it at face value.
Don’t judge someone because of their appearance.
Make a point of saying hello or reaching out to someone you don’t know every day.
Include others, avoid us and them thinking.
Get to know the customs and religion of new people living amongst us.
Don’t allow religious beliefs to cloud our humanity.
Active kindness needs practice. Our government prevents us practicing kindness.
What can we do to affect change; locally, nationally and internationally, particularly in relation to refugees being welcome in our cities?
Locally - share music and food together
Invite people to our traditional festivals and ask them to talk about customs from other places.
Create safe and welcoming spaces for refugees coming to our country.
Get to know the culture of refugees and share this awareness in society.
Keep up the pressure on governments to help more.
In the first instance, don’t reject people because they are “other”, locally, nationally and internationally.
Demonstrate publicly with positive events. Make support visible.
Try do develop national empathy.
Provide shelter, clothes and food.
Discussing issues around the Holocaust should be part of the national curriculum. There is a tendency to blame the Nazis and not accept any responsibility for what happened here.
What is the power of expressing remembrance and communicating messages through the creative arts?
Creative arts can invite people to interact with the subject rather than reading about it.
It often transcends language or cultural barriers
Engages people emotionally as well as intellectually.
Makes people feel inspired.
It encourages people to work together and they forget about their differences.
Encourages participation rather than passive watching.
Meaning is reached with imagination.
Has a potency to integrate consciousness with subconsciousness
It breaks down borders between our lives and history
Creative processes can make difficult ideas easier for young people to approach
Captures people’s interest, especially out on the streets