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The 'Revived Memory' project is an educational undertaking addressed to schoolchildren and the local community. Its aims are to disseminate knowledge about local history, especially about the period of German occupation, to define the dangers of Nazi ideology (understanding the mechanisms of a totalitarian state) and to raise awareness of the dangers of intolerance, and to reflect on the causes of war. The project will be carried out in 4 locations in the Podlaskie Voivodeship: Białystok, Dąbrowa Białostocka, Krynki and Goniądz.

The project is based on archival resources: film testimonies of witnesses concerning the period of the Nazi occupation from the localities where the project will be realised and original photographs from the period of the Second World War from these localities. The witnesses talk about many aspects of everyday life during the war period: work, secret education, fear, hunger, conspiracy, terror, forced deportations, executions of Poles and the extermination of Jews. These resources posted on the website will inspire students and local history enthusiasts to expand and add to them.

Both sets of sources provide insights into different perspectives: those of the local population (of different ethnic and national origins) and those of the occupying forces. It allows it to confront different 'perspectives'. From among the many formats of activities, we have chosen a hybrid activity: a combination of video, illustrative storytelling, lecture, exhibition, workshops, penetration of family archives, oral history elements, a substitute for a museum (collection and digitisation of collections) and a documentary project that will be placed in an online space and become accessible to all.

The 'Revived Memory' project is an invitation to students to co-edit the website themselves. Pupils will be tasked with going through family collections; searching for photographs and documents from the Second World War. Pupils will conduct video interviews with the oldest members of their families about the German occupation period. These additional materials: a kind of museum of discovery: documents, old photos, objects from the period - will be scanned and published on the website. The site will be accessed by the coordinating teachers - they will become administrators of the site and will publish entries with relevant descriptions.

Jan Oniszczuk and Tomasz Wiśniewski
authors of the project
Looking for Poland Association

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