Within the framework of a project Sharing European Memories at School , Poznan semi- private Lower Secondary School Debinka is carrying out a programme “Memory – identity – materiality” as part of a priority educational project called The Memory of Generations planned for the 2011/2012 school year.
The pupils of Debinka will participate in a series of workshops about oral history and how to document it. Students will prepare their own interviews with eyewitnesses to some of the events that took place in Poznan, in the region of Wielkopolska or elsewhere in Poland during the 20th century. What interests us most is finding out about changes that happened in the daily lives of people living in the area – their socio-economic, social and political situation, threats to their lives, as well what brought them happiness or sadness. We also want to investigate how different the area around our school is today.
During our research we might touch the problems of minorities living in our region, their coexistence and even the extermination that affected them during the Second World War. We refer of course to the events surrounding the lives of Poznan Jews and Germans.
By doing this project we hope to make young people interested in local history and show the connection between family stories and the events they know about from textbooks.
Our work will be archived in the school “memory bank” which will hopefully be used in the years to come.