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British International Section - a Day at Izieu Memorial

Par Lola GIRAUD, publié le mardi 29 septembre 2020 06:56 - Mis à jour le mardi 29 septembre 2020 06:57
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On September 15th, the OIB Terminal Students visited the Maison Mémorial D'Izieu (01). It was a very deep look into some of the most terrible events in history.

"On September 15th, the OIB Terminal Students visited the Maison Mémorial D'Izieu (01), with their History-Geography Teacher Mr.Villermet and one of their English Litterature Teacher Mr.Rosset. It was a very deep look into some of the most terrible events in History, and it reminded the students that mankind is at the origins of the worst events history could possibly face. On the morning, the teenagers were given to explore the differences between War Crime, Crime against Humanity and Genocide. It was a thoughtful moment that highlighted some unknown events, such as the Cambodian Genocide and to explain some very known ones, such as the Apartheid in South-Africa. After a joyful lunch in the Verger where they could enjoy a sunny day, the students were given a tour of the house where they discovered the lives of Jewish children that were hidden from the Germans during World War Two ; lives that could have been theirs, in a very personal and close point of view, as this house was where the children went at school, where they discovered themselves, where they lived.

After group activities where the students explored different parts of the house and more generally, the history of German occupation between Lyon and Switzerland, they were given to watch a short film made of testimonies and extracts during the Klaus Barbie trial that took place in Lyon in 1987. Seeing these images and hearing these mothers who lost their children, these people who were helpless and had to witness innocents being taken to their deaths was heartbreaking and very emotional. The lesson these students learned was not only historical, it remembered them how much life was important, how peace was a priority, and how lucky they are to live in a peaceful country where they do not have to fear death every second of their life, where they can express their beliefs, their opinion, their voice. It learned them how be alive for those who innocently lost their lives."

Lola GIRAUD, OIB Student Terminale