"All that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing" Edmund Burke

Forgotten Hero – A Scenario

Junior Secondary School WebQuest – Interdisciplinary Project

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In studying the problem of the Holocaust you have met noble people who saved Jews from extermination. The most well-known are: Raul Wallenberg, Oscar Schindler and Irena Sendler. It has turned out recently that there was a man born in our town who is compared to Wallenberg, but at the same time his name has been almost unknown here: in our region, in Poland and abroad. The question is “Why has the name of one of the Righteous been blotted out of our national memory in the 60 years since World War II.?” In the times when opinions of Polish anti-semitism are widespread, Slawik’s attitude and sacrifice may serve to promote Poland’s good name.

Get into knowing this person and try to answer the following questions:

  • Who was Henryk Slawik?
  • Why has he been forgotten?
  • How can we keep Slawik’s memory alive?
  • Are the values respected and practiced by Henryk Slawik still up-to-date or anachronistic nowadays?
An attempt to solve the problems will be the best homage you can pay to a forgotten hero.
However, the most important aim will be to make Henryk Slawik well-known. The proposal is as follows: write a scenario and get the famous director interested in Slawik’s biography. It would be the most effective way of spreading the knowledge about Polish Wallenberg in our country and abroad. For better understanding of the Shoah, you will improve your historical knowledge in the Auschwitz Museum. During history lessons you will become familiar with a scientific approach to collecting and selecting materials.
During Polish lessons you will analyse the Holocaust in Polish literature and you will learn the rules of writing a scenario. Then, you will be working together in small task groups.


1. Historians’ Group
Your task is to collect factual information based on different sources (the net, people’s recollections, library, museum and private collections). Save the materials in separate files and folders.

2. Sociologists’ Group
Its task is to make reviews and check if H. Sławik is remembered by the inhabitants of Jastrzębie and people who lived in those times. Then you should collect eyewitness’ stories.
Present the conversation with:

- a neighbour from Szeroka,
- Hungarian – a person who remembers Poles in exile
- Jew - a rescued child,
- Polish – a Pole who saved a life
in the form of reportages.

3. Discussion Group
Its aim is to prepare the debates: ”Why should Henryk Sławik be remembered by people?”, “What caused the Holocaust?” and “Are the values that Henryk Sławik believed and practiced current or anachronistic?

4. Screenwriting Group

Its aim is to create the project of the scenario.

5. Music Group
This group should create the film music based on well-known compositions and with a composer’s help.

Setting Group
This group’s task is to collect documentary evidence connected with Sławik’s life and to choose locations for the future film.

Web Group
Its tasks is to create the website.

8. Fans of historical films Group
This group task is to try to find a way how to establish contact with the director.

  1. Art Group
This group should design the poster showing impressions of the visit in Auschwitz.


Historians’ Group
Sociologists’ Group
Discussion Group
Screenwriting Group
Music Group
Setting Group
Web Group
Fans of historical films Group
Art Group

Choose the task most suitable for you and join the group which is going to perform it.
The first task is to collect some factual information about Henryk Slawik. Then you should learn how to write a scenario, find suitable locations and scenery, contact the director. Collect and edit your materials. Your main activity will be to familiarise other people with your ideas by writing a scenario. To do it, follow these steps.

Historians’ Group

1. Explore Websites – Look: Resources A - and select some factual information or interesting facts which:
a/ make Slawik’s personality more familiar
b/ you would like to put in a scenario

2. Save chosen texts in the file: “Slawik – Presonality”.

3. Go to Szeroka, Slawik’s birthplace, and take photos of places connected to his life. Save the photos on CD and in the file: “Slawik – Photographs”.

4. Meet Grzegorz Lubczyk, the author of the book: “
Polski Wallenberg. Rzecz o Henryku Sławiku” and co-author of the film: „Hebrew Slawik”. Save your opinions and new interesting facts in the file: “Slawik – Personality.”

5. Read the books: G. Łubczyk: “Polski Wallenberg.
Rzecz o Henryku Sławiku”; E. Isakiewicz: “Czerwony ołówek” and H. i C. Ceoba: “Losy młodzieży polskiej na Węgrach w latach II wojny światowej”. Select interesting passages and describe them in the file: “Slawik – Selected Excerpts”.

6. Analyse local newspaper articles about Slawik and write about them in the file: “Slawik – Selected Excerpts”

7. Watch the films: “Slawik in Hebrew”, “Henryk Slawik – Polish Wallenberg” and “Henryk Slawik”. Write short film reviews and save them in the file “Henryk Slawik – Films”


Sociologists’ Group

1. Prepare questions and conduct an interview with the inhabitants of Szeroka, Slawik’s birthplace. Then write the report.
2. Contact the Hungarian Embassy to get in touch with any Hungarian who may remember World War II. Find out what he/she remembers. If it is possible, write a report.
3. Seek out a person in your town who may have saved the Jews; talk with him or her and write a report.
4. Do the same with reference to a saved person.
5. Save all reports in the file “Reports”.


Discussion group

1. Read the data concerning Slawik collected by the Historians’ and Sociologists’ Groups.
2. Think about the meaning of “national memory”.
3. Prepare arguments answering the questions: “Why should Henryk Slawik exist in people’s memory?” and discuss them in a group. Save the arguments in the file: “Slawik in national memory”.
4. Prepare a discussion forum on the subjects: “Why did the Holocaust happen?” and “Are the values respected and practiced by Henryk Slawik still valid or anachronistic in the contemporary world?”


Screenwriting group

1. Collect materials which are helpful for writing the scenario to the film about Henryk Slawik.
2. Write your version of the scenario.
3. Discuss and check the written text with your language teacher. If your scenario is considered to be one of the best ones, contact Marcin Mayzel, a film director.
4. Give the best text to the group dealing with music illustration.

Music group

1. Get into knowing musical forms and elements of Jewish music which can be used in your work.
2. Read the scenario and discuss what kind of music would be most suitable for it.
3. Take part in a meeting with film composers (e.g. P. Rubik or W. Kilar) on the subject: “How to create music for a film”
4. Decide on your final choice of the background music.
Setting group

1. Create a map of places connected with the life and activity of H. Slawik, check it with the text of the scenario and mark locations that seem to be the best for shooting certain scenes of the film.
2. If you think that you can use places which are not included on the map which you have created, mark them in a different way on a new map called” “Locations for the film”.
3. With the help of the director, M. Mayzel, divide the scenario into scenes.
Web group

1. Get to know all the tasks of all the groups taking part in the project.
2. Contact all the groups and find out who is responsible for the final product in each of them.
3. Create a multimedia presentation and a website about Henryk Slawik and put it on the internet.

4. Share the work among you all equally, having in mind the necessary skills and complexity of the tasks.
5. Plan a design of the website, webpages and the presentation elements:
a. pay attention to a harmonious colour pattern
b. plan the navigation elements
c. choose the font
d. choose graphic elements for the website.
6. Do similar work with the multimedia presentation project.
7. The effect of taking part in this project and making the documents depends on the taks of your group.
8. Keep in touch constantly with the supervisor of the group.

Fans of historical films Group

  1. Form a fan club of Holocaust films.
  2. Organize the screening of chosen films for your school and discuss what links these films with theme of your scenario.
  3. In the end, show Polański’s film, “The Pianist”
  4. Try to establish contact with a well-known director, present your scenario to him and justify the choice of him as a person who should state an opinion about your work.


Art Group
  1. Create a poster showing impressions connected to the visit in Auschwitz.




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Centrum Kultury Żydowskiej
Henryk Sławik - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Łubczyk G. Polski Wallenberg. Rzecz o Henryku Sławiku
Isakiewicz E. Czerwony ołówek
Ceorba H.C. Losy młodzieży polskiej na Węgrach w latach II wojny światowej
Sławik po hebrajsku
Sławik po hebrajsku. Polski Wallenberg
Henryk Sławik - film fabularny
Lista Schindlera
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