Wednesday 29th of October
Yesterday we spent our day with the polish students the whole day. We were at the Museum of the History of Polish Jews and later on we went to the Educational Centre. At the museum we saw a documentary film about Yoram Gross and we also met him.

When we came to the Educational Centre we worked in two mixed groups, one group had a guided tour around the museum while the others had workshops.

Thursday 30th of October
This was one of the days we were most excited about, because we had heard so much the place. Treblinka was an execution camp during the Second World War. It was an educational experience to actually be there instead of just reading about it.
When we were finished at Treblinka we went to a polish school called Minsk Mazowiecki. First we ate dinner and later on we finished our projects.

Hanna Holte
What was your expectation for the trip?
-I wasn`t sure what to except, because so many things could happened. But it has been very fun and I have learned a lot.

What was the best experience of this trip?
-I think the best experience of the trip was to visit Treblinka. But we have also at a lot of fun on shopping when we had free time.

Did you learn something new?
-Yes, I have learned much about the Jewish history and culture.

Do you think this was a good way to learn? Why?
- Yes, I like to learn when I can see it with my eyes. And I have really learned a lot!

What was your expectation for the trip?
-I thought we would meet new people and work with them every day. Other than that I wasn’t sure what to expect but I was surprised in a good way about how the trip has gone.

What was the best experience of this trip?
- My best experience on this trip was probably at the JCC and that I got to taste kosher food.

Did you learn something new?
-Yes, I have learned about Polish Jewish history and how they are doing today and a lot about Warsaw during and after the war.

Do you think this was a good way to learn? Why?
-Definitely, it is a lot better than to read about it in a book. This way you actually get to see the places that you learn about and that has a much better effect then just reading about it.

Written by Rakel Midtlyng and Malin Bakås Hov.


Meeting the Polish students

Today we went to the XXII High School Jose Marti Lyceum and met the Polish students. We introdruced ourselves to each other and then we had workshops in groups with the Polish students. We got a task to make a short film about one of many subjects. One of them was cultural differences. Afterwards everyone had lunch at the school, we also got some cake!

After three hours with freetime at the shopping-center we went to the JCC (Jewish Community Center). We listened to a lady, who had a kind of a presentation about the Community Center. Then we got served a typical jewish dinner at the center.

Written by Rakel Midtlyng and Malin Bakås Hov.


Faces of Diversity
Faces of Diversity is a cooperation between two Norwegian schools, two Polish schools, The Museum of the History of Polish Jews and Falstad-center. We are 24 students from Lundamo lower secondary school and a group of students from Levanger upper secondary school (Norway). We are going to meet the polish students from XXII Jose Marti Lyceum & Gymnasium and Lyceum from Minsk Mazowiecki. We are about 100 students all together. The goal of the trip and the cooperation is to learn about the Second World War and the history of the polish Jews.

Monday October 27th
Today we arrived in Warsaw, first we ate lunch at the hotel. We got served a spinach and rise dish, and a fruit salad for dessert.

After lunch we had a guide who took us on a walking tour around Warsaw. She told us a lot of interesting things about the town history and the rebuilding of the town. Here are some pictures from the day:

This is the reconstruction of the Royal Palace, the original building was destroyed during the second world war. Almost everyone in Warsaw donated money to get it rebuilt, because it was so important for the city. It is now a museum.

This is a statue of a fighting mermaid, who is supposed to protect the city of Warsaw.

This is the Palace of Culture and Science, the tower was considered as a gift from the Soviet people to the Polish nation.

Tomorrow we are going to have workshops with the Polish students and work on a project. The project will be presented for the Norwegian ambassador in Poland, Karsten Klepsvik.

Posted by Rakel Midtlyng and Malin Bakås Hov