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November 2019

Schooltrip to Auschwitz

Leonie Cramwinckel-Bloch

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Leonie, daughter of a Jewish mother and a father with a Jewish father, can look back on a carefree, happy childhood. Her parents, who both lived through the Second World War, always gave a positive spin to the war when it was a topic of conversation. The war was a terrible time, but it ended well for them. Leonie, who had been in education for twenty years and is now a psychotherapist, likes to share her family story as a guest speaker at NA THE OORLOG.

Why do you want to share your story?

At one point my parents told their story of the war at our children's school. The real story, and not the positive version we always heard. I thought it was so special and good what they did, that when this came my way, I didn't have to think long. I myself am fiercely opposed to discrimination and anti-Semitism and that is the main reason for me to be a guest speaker. I hope that my story helps children to think about this and to start the conversation.

The war was terrible, but it ended well for them

What is the biggest challenge for you as a guest speaker?

So far, I have not encountered any major challenges in class. What has been most difficult for me as a guest speaker is telling the story to my family for the first time. I thought: if I can do this, I can do anything. I saw recognition and tears in the eyes of family members while I was telling. That weekend we celebrated my mother's 90th birthday and all the children and grandchildren were there. After I finished my story, the grandchildren sat curiously around my mother. They had all kinds of questions about the war. This was a very special moment for me, but also for my mother. She is grateful to me for keeping the family story alive to this day.

What experience as a guest speaker will always stay with you?

I'm almost at a hundred guest lectures and every time I tell my story, it's intense and I get touched by new things. Even after so many times it doesn't get moaned up, but it's as if I tell it over and over again. It has happened a couple of times that 10 and 11 year old children came up to me after the guest class and asked, 'It does touch you, doesn't it, madam? What have they already experienced in their lives that they feel so good about me?

I thought, if I can do this, I can do anything

 

What did you learn about yourself during the AFTER WAR process?

The more I dived into my family history, the more appreciation I got for the unimaginable courage of my grandmothers and aunt during the war. I recognize that more and more in myself. I also find the resilience of my family how they rebuilt their lives after the war and the risks they took along the way admirable. I also see a lot of myself in this.

What's the best advice you've ever had?

My parents have always been very good at taking care of themselves, before they took care of others. For example, my mother didn't like to cook, but she loved to read. All the time I don't read is lost," she always said. So she used to eat her peanuts and read the newspaper every day before she started eating. My father lived according to the same conviction. He loved sailing and always had one hand for the ship and one hand for the man. Take care of yourself first, before you can do that for others.

November 2019

Schooltrip to Auschwitz

The mavo of the Dr.-Knippenbergcollege organized for the first time a trip to Auschwitz. Classes three and four were allowed to register voluntarily. Erwin Brugmans gave his guest lesson prior to their trip. In memory of Erwin's mother, who survived Block 10 under Mengele, the pupils laid a stone there. A nice piece of education!

November 2019

Schooltrip to Auschwitz

The mavo of the Dr.-Knippenbergcollege organized for the first time a trip to Auschwitz. Classes three and four were allowed to register voluntarily. Erwin Brugmans gave his guest lesson prior to their trip. In memory of Erwin's mother, who survived Block 10 under Mengele, the pupils laid a stone there. A nice piece of education!

July 2019

Vacancy: volunteer wanted

Due to increasing requests from schools, we are looking for a volunteer for 2019/2020 who wants to mediate guest lessons for a volunteer allowance two days a week from 12:00 to 17:00 during the school weeks. For more information: info@nadeoorlog.nl

May 2019

75 years of liberation: € 10.00 discount on the first 500 guest lessons in 2019/2020

In the context of 75 years of liberation, the foundation De Grootste Familie Helpt donates € 10 per WW2 guest lesson in the 2019/2020 school year. This discount for schools in the Netherlands applies to the first 500 guest lessons. They also donate € 2,000 for authentic materials that guest speakers can show to all children and young people.

The foundation De Grootste Familie Helpt has the objective to support tangible initiatives in which enthusiastic volunteers are involved and the 'family feeling' is expressed. For more information see: www.stichtingdegrootstefamiliehelpt.nl.

November 2018

NA DE OORLOG wins respect award from CIDI!

NA DE OORLOG has won the Respect Award because 'The stated purpose of the foundation is to keep telling the story of the Shoa, even if eyewitnesses are no longer able do that. In doing so they combat racism and anti-Semitism among young people. " The Award will be presented on December 3th in the building of the CIDI between 17:00 and 19:00.

November 2018

NA DE OORLOG has become a member of Stichting Musea en Herinneringscentra 40 - 45

NA DE OORLOG has become a member because she wants to participate in the ''Kwaliteits Impuls Educatie'' program. "How can we make the World War II heritage current and relevant now and in the future?" Is the central question of SMH. With the training of the post-war generation of guest speakers, NA DE OORLOG wants to realize a quality improvement. Based on the vision that guest speakers, like surgeons, should be trained both theoretically and practically, guest speakers are guided by a copywriter / director to create a good story together and learn how to tell it. This is in line with the quality improvements and the increased admission requirements of future teachers and lecturers.

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