HOMEMEMORYMemoryYouth meeting in Kłobuck

Youth meeting in Kłobuck

As part of Haverim-Friends project of 15-10-2010, in Kłobuck's School Complex no 3, another meeting of Polish and Israeli youth was held. This year the workshops are supported by the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland (Fundacja Ochrony Dziedzictwa Żydowskiego) and prof. Władysław Bartoszewski's chancellery. After the workshops, the Polish youth from Kłobuck's secondary school and the Israeli youth from Eliat were asked to fill in a questionnaire. The results were as follows:


The students were asked to evaluate the meeting. Of the total of about 60 Polish students actively participating in the meeting 29 have filled in the questionnaire. Of those, 19 gave the meeting the highest grade (6), 9 gave it a 5, and only one – a 4. Twenty-four persons declared their knowledge was greater after the meeting, and further, everyone declared they would like to take part in meetings of that kind in future. Twelve participants stated their attitude towards Jews has become more positive (''I know more about them now, and like them more''), while 15 declared their attitude remained unchanged. The prevailing majority of the latter ones added that their attitude to Jews (and/or other cultures) has always been positive. Asked to describe their Israeli peers in a few words, the students used the following words: kind (6 persons), nice (5), friendly (5), open (4), tolerant (4). Some of the respondents emphasized the similarities they had noticed between themselves and the Israeli youths: ''same as us'', ''they're normal teenagers, like we are''.

Of the total 40 students from Israel 31 have filled in the questionnaire. Twenty-three persons gave the meeting the highest grade (6) and 7 gave a 5. Twenty-six participants declared their knowledge was greater after the meeting, and 29 stated they would like to take part in future meetings. Twelve persons stated their attitude to Poles has become more positive, while 10 declared their opinion remained unchanged. A few Israelis, though not as many as their Polish peers, added that their attitude to Poles has always been positive. Asked to describe their Polish peers in a few words, they used mostly the same words as their Polish peers: nice (9), friendly (4), but also cute (5), polite (2). The Israeli were more often surprised by discovering similarities between the two nations: ''we have much in common'', ''they're like us''. One of the respondents stated he has ''learned that Poland is not only the Holocaust''; another wrote: ''I understood that Poles also suffered because of the war''; yet another said ''I want to return here in future. I love Poles!''.

The materials are courtesy of Mrs Jadwiga Mrożek-Myszkowska.

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