“The Footprints for Hope Project” is a new Holocaust education initiative to be used this year by the Department of Public Information on the International Day of Commemoration (27th January) in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. The project was designed to engage children aged 13 years and above to become more aware of the Holocaust and respect for Human Rights. The Footprints for Hope Project will bring local schools together with the global network of United Nations information centres. The visual focus for the project is the mountain of countless shoes left behind by victims murdered in Nazi death camps. The project has two important elements: students explore the history of the Holocaust through a meaningful discussion of a historical artefact i.e. a single child’s shoe found at Auschwitz-Birkenau. This is followed by a creative art project. This involves painting discarded shoes in a manor to effect positive change and hope. ‘Footprints’ is a short educational film produced to accompany these activities and is designed to support teachers in preparing for the ‘Ordinary Things?’ activity and for students to help inspire their creative, artistic response. The project was developed in partnership with the Institute of Education (University of London) and the Holocaust Centre in the United Kingdom.
Child’s shoe: Collections of Imperial War Museum London.