In My Pocket project expands to other schools

When teaching children about the Holocaust, personal stories go a long way towards creating an understanding of this horrific period in our history. This is certainly true as regards The Diary of Anne Frank, one of the most popular books of all time. It’s a book that resonates with young people particularly well since they are able to identify with the character whose experiences are told in the book because she is of similar age.

Another book that tells of the experiences of a child from her own perspective is In My Pocket. The book is by Dorrith M Sim, who relates her experiences as a Kindertransport child. As reported in the September 2023 issue of the Cape Jewish Chronicle, the book is being brought to children in Cape Town by former Capetonians, Eli and Jill Rabinowitz.

After an initial project with Herzlia Primary Schools — which will continue this year — the initiative is also being launched at the Sinai Academy and Phyllis Jowell School as a focus for this year’s Yom Hashoah commemoration. The cloth pockets used for the art project — a core element of the initiative — will be supplied by Astra Jewish Sheltered Employment in a special collaboration among the various organisations. Funding for the project is provided by the Rabinowitz’s WE ARE HERE! Foundation.

• Published in the May 2024 issue – Click here to start reading.

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