How to Prepare the Room
Attach these images, quotes and texts to a larger piece of paper so there is ample room for participants to write messages around them. Next fix these to the walls of the rooms.
How to run the activity
Only invite the group into the room when it has been set up ready. Wait at the door to the room and as they enter hand each a pen. Ask them to explore what is on the walls and respond with their own comments. Ask for quiet during this part of the activity. You can play some light instrumental music as a background which will set the right tone.
Allow 20 minutes for this activity and then ask the group to sit in groups of 4 or 5. Give each group one of the images or texts and ask them to read all of the comments and get a feel for the way the group has responded.
Next ask each group to take 2 minutes to present how the group responded and choose a few comments to share with the group.
After the last group is done, invite anyone to share any other comments or personal connections they have to the Holocaust.
At the end of this activity, explain that this was an introduction to the visit to Yad Vashem the next day and ask them how they feel they should prepare for the day. Ask them if they will be willing to abstain from drinking the night before out of respect.
Before activity ends ask the group to be sensitive to each other and to continue to be a close and supportive group.
What you will need:
A room, 40 pens, somber background music, and 10 Holocaust images ranging from Jewish victims, SS guards, pictures of the camps, anti-Semitic propaganda and liberation. Also prepare 4 or 5 texts about individual stories and testimonies from the Holocaust - One of these should be a basic Holocaust time-line with key dates included.