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Teaching tolerance at Theodor Herzl Schools

| November 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

Theodor Herzl Schools in Port Elizabeth has unveiled a new Memory Wall that overlooks the campus. The wall is dedicated to the memory of the 1.5 million Jewish children who perished in the Holocaust during World War II and offers viewers a chance to stop and reflect on the values of tolerance, respect, accountability, social responsibility, compassion and integrity.

This massive project was driven by Sheila Liss and the schools’ Judaica department. All the pebbles were collected by pupils and fashioned into seven stone labyrinths in the form of trees by parents Paola Horak and Janice Mendelowitz. Says Liss: “In Judaism, it is customary to leave a stone on the grave of a loved one to symbolise the permanence of our memories.

Each pebble on the wall is different in shape, size and colour. They remind us that everyone has a place in this world. The trees are symbolic of life and wisdom. “Six trees represent the six million Jews killed in the Holocaust. The seventh is for other people who have been persecuted for their culture, colour or beliefs throughout history. This is also the tree of the future improved by wise children who value and respect others, all creatures and their environment.”

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