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Archive for April, 2017

Holocaust Remembrance Day – Reflecting on Genocide

Third through Fifth grade students have been watching a docu-drama based on Anne Frank’s Diary and first hand accounts of her experience during the World War II cataclysm known as the Holocaust, where six-million European Jews and many others were systematically slaughtered by the German Nazi Regime between 1933 – 1945. Below are a list of the victims killed during this time.

Victims Killed:
Jews 5.93 million
Soviet POWs 2–3 million
Ethnic Poles 1.8–2 million
Serbs 300,000–500,000
Disabled 270,000
Romani 90,000–220,000
Freemasons 80,000–200,000
Slovenes 20,000–25,000
Homosexuals 5,000–15,000
Jehovah’s Witnesses 2,500–5,000
Spanish Republicans 7,000

Mauricio Garcia 5-310

Mohammad Ali Qureshi 5-310

Bradley Chalumeau 5-310

Genocide is the systematic killing of a group of people based upon their religion, culture, sexual orientation, or perceived race or DNA.

The events of WWII and the Holocaust were so devastating, one would rather forget or suppress these memories. On Holocaust Remembrance Day, we choose to recall these ghastly, criminal and inhuman actions so they might never happen again. Those who survived these horrible events are forever scarred but have lived to tell the truth about what happened despite many who deny these event have ever occurred.

Since the end of WWII, there are been several other genocides around the world including the Bosnian Genocide, The Rwandan Genocide, The Sudanese of Darfur and now the Syrian Genocide. When will we as humans learn to live in peace?

© Frank H. Jump

There is a tradition of commemorating events with postage stamps. Atrocities are rarely turned into commemorative stamps but here are some I created to remember some of the more recent events where we as a society just simply watched happen without doing anything about it.

© Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

This final series was modeled after Nazi propaganda stamps circa 1944 and document our own recent history with torture.

Thinking About Pencils: A Rap by Genevieve Berretta

As a writer I write to send a message. This is called Theme or TheMessage. As writers this why we write.  Can you determine my message and provide supporting details that support this theme?

So I’ve been thinking a lot lately about this current pencil situation
Now you know I think a pencil is an essential utensil

not to be argued over disrespected taken for granted or ground to a stump

or a stub cause it’s the latest sensation

Cause there are children
Who’d love that essential utensil
They run their index fingers or sticks in the dirt
To etch their words
In that dirt
To trace words over and over again
In that dirt
And then they or
the wind or the rain
Will scatter their words to the World
Wash their words away
And they hoping to remember what they created in that dirt

with their index fingers the very next day
And maybe they skywrite
With those index fingers or sticks
Up against a pale blue sky
Just to practice
To remember those words they learned
When they close their eyes
Memorized
Traced and
Etched in
brown dirt
Blue sky
Heart and mind

While you sit back
And take these essential utensils for granted
And argue about ownership
Or forget where you placed them

or perhaps just  break them

Cause you know I’ll hand you another one to replace them

So think about my message
The message I as a writer am sending
The lesson
maybe you learned
Cause I put my words to rhythm and rhyme
Count your blessings and never take anything that is handed to you for granted
Because there are those
Who need way more than a pencil
to stand up

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