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The model

After learning about the Auschwitz camps and the


Holocaust, we decided to create a model that represents
what really happened. By only learning the numbers that
died- although numerous, does not help people visualise,
or learn about what really happened. The aim of our model
is to not only spread awareness concerning the Auschwitz
camps and the Holocaust, but also to show people how
war affected children.

We decided that our model should be modest, but


heart-rending at the same time. The first concept in our
model is silhouettes. Silhouettes helps represent an entire
body of children who suffered from the Auschwitz camps,
and its darkness and mystery enhances the miserable
mood. In the model, we also used reflection to show two
meanings at the same time. Standing behind the fence,
forced to do work and bent over from exhaustion is a child
who knows there is no hope and that it is inevitable that he gives up on his dream- perhaps
to become a dancer, a lawyer, a doctor…... etc. The reflection of the child within the camp
still lies outside the camp, for he/she still had aspirations for their own future. Here is a direct
comparison between children in the camps, and children outside of the camps, living normal
lives. It can also be a comparison between children affected by war, and those unaffected.
No matter how people think of which comparison this model is making, or even both, they
still understand that war had taken away the innocence of the children. In fact, such a simple
model has already communicated its central idea, proving how powerful it is.

The second concept in our model is the dandelion. Blowing the seeds off of a dandelion
represents making a wish and that you hope your wish will come true. In our model, the
silhouette is blowing a dandelion, meaning he has a wish and he has hope that it will come
true. However the child that is behind the wires and has been captured is holding a dead
dandelion meaning he has no more hope that his wishes will come true.

To conclude, the main message that we want to imply through our model is the fact that
children had to give up on their hopes, their talents, and the potential occupation they would
become marvellous at. These children could become a major contribution to the society,
whether in the economy, entertainment, the fashion industry…… etc. If a survivor of the
Holocaust were to see our model, they would immediately understand the message we are
conveying through it, and perhaps through a revived memory they will become more willing
to share with future generations. If a soldier who participated in the treacherous deeds of the
Holocaust saw our model, would they learn to empathize with the children, and understand
that while they are taking lives, they are also taking away talents and potential? And would
they thus become more reluctant to take away young lives?
Extension task

How has the holocaust affected religious beliefs?

In addition, the holocaust has not only affected aspirations in terms of their future
occupations, but also in god or religion. For instance: ​Ms. Dora Lefkowitz ​was a survivor of
the holocaust, she said: “I cannot see a God who will allow a little baby to be killed for no
reason at all. And I really lost my belief then, right there and then. I had one sister and two
brothers. I was the oldest and the only survivor of my family. Why? What did they do so
terrible that they had to perish? I think if God is so great and so powerful, he could have
struck Hitler down before he killed so many Jews. That’s my feeling.” Her story is similar to
the idea we are trying to express because through the war, she lost faith and hope which is
the main message we want to express through the memorial.

The message of our memorial that people are losing hope is that there are many children
that had this idea cross their minds

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