May 6, 2015 at 1:23 pm #7331REFiendModerator
This film shows what happens on this day – the Jewish Day of Atonement or ‘Yom Hashoah’ – every year in Israel.
This 4 minute film has no narration. the explanation for the event filmed is underneath:
“Today is Yom HaShoah, the Holocaust memorial day in Israel. On this day, a single siren is sounded throughout the entire country of Israel. During the siren, everything, everywhere in the country stops. Here is a video of Israelis stopping their car in the middle of the road to stand in remembrance of the 6 million Jews murdered by the Nazi regime when the siren sounds.”
So this event is a memorial, a remembrance and, possibly something else…?
Some questions that your students may like to consider in relation to this film:
1 What is the focus of this memorial? When is a similar commemoration part of British culture? Have the students ever taken part in such a memorial and, if so, how did they feel about it? What, if anything, is the power of stopping everything, just for a few moments?
2 The people in the film are too young to have been in the Holocaust so what do the students think these people may be remembering?
3 The strap line for the film says: “The reason these cars stop on the highway should give us pause to stop and pray as well”. what is the difference between thinking and praying?
4 If there are other thoughts in the heads of the people in the film what might they be?