During the period of 20-25 September 2015, in Piotr Skarga High School in Grójec, the first meeting of Future of History project members took place. The project is undertaken within Erasmus+ program, planned to last three years and two schools take part in it – Piotr Skarga’s high school and Jan van Brabant school from The Netherlands. The aim is to get to know history together – the Second World War during the first part, post-war period and communism with the next one and the third being about migration waves. The end product is going to be a magazine edited during shared meetings, workshops and while using the Internet platform. Students working together searched about the information about The Holocaust, participation of Poles in World War II battles, causes of the war's outbreak, ways to avoid and resolve conflicts, causes and consequences of The Warsaw Uprising, and also participation of Polish and Dutch people in the struggle. The first meeting in Poland began with presentations of the schools and integration activities.
During the visit's first day the group met the Starost of Grójec (head of the Grójec County), Marek Ścisłowski and Deputy Mayor Karol Biedrzycki. In the afternoon the students worked on magazine articles, which was preceded by a short presentation and a lecture concerning Second World War and Polish participation in the fighting on its fronts.
During the second day students and teachers had the opportunity to meet a veteran, a member of Grey Ranks (Szare Szeregi) and a Home Army (Armia Krajowa) soldier Marian Kołomański, to listen to a lecture by an Institute of National Remembrance historian dr Paweł Kosiński on the topic of Polish participation on World War II fronts, and to attend a school theatre play about The Holocaust prepared by Katarzyna Lesniak.
The third and fourth day of the visit were dedicated to Warsaw sightseeing, beginning with Warsaw Uprising Museum, then proceeding to The Old Town and The Royal Castle and then finally The Museum of Polish Jews, all this being a great way to learn about history. The capital trip ended with visiting The Copernicus Centre.
On the last day, after evaluation and farewells, the guest group flew back to The Netherlands. The next meeting is taking place in June 2016 and till this time students are going to write articles, organise meetings and debates in their schools, and work on the illustrations and layout of the magazine being made.
More pictures of the visit can be found in Gallery.