34 teachers came together from 16 countries to our 7th professional development seminar for European Jewish schools in Istanbul, Turkey! Teachers learned about the Centropa database and our materials, attended workshops and presentations about new methodologies and tools, disvocered the old Jewish neighborhood of Istanbul, and attended a wonderful welcome dinner in the Neve Shalom synagogue, where they were welcomed by the rabbi.
Centropa Budapest celebrated Hanukkah on the 7th of December.
Thanks for all teachers, students and our interviewees who came and spent this evening with us. We played a Hanukkah quiz, lit the candles, and Vera Jónás entertained us with excellent music.
The event was supported by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and the Claims Conference. Thanks for Szilvi Czingel for organizing this event, and Róbert Bácsi for taking photos.
We wish all of our friends happy holidays and a great new year!
President of the Parliament Wolfgang Sobotka hosted Centropa’s 13th Hanukkah party in Vienna. Attending were 31 Holocaust survivors who we interviewed, their families and two high school classes. Also invited was the leadership of the IKG— the Vienna Jewish Community along with the Vienna Social Welfare Office, as well as members from Vienna’s community. A special thanks to Hannah Lessing, Executive Director of the National Fund for Victims of National Socialism, which has been supporting Centropa in Vienna since 2001.
Our 10th international Trans.History seminar “Connecting Moldovan students with 20th Century Jewish History – and with their neighbors” took place at the Jewish Community Center in Chisinau, Moldova from November 28th – 30th, 2018. We brought together 40 educators from Ukraine, Moldova and Germany to discuss and share best practices on commemorating Jewish history and culture, and promoting active citizenship in educational contexts.
Our 9th international Trans.History seminar took place at the Marie-Kahle-Gesamtschule in Bonn from November 8th – 10th, 2018. We brought together 25 educators from Ukraine, Moldova and Germany to discuss and share best practices on commemorating Jewish history and culture, and promoting active citizenship in educational contexts.
Thanks to the terrific Los Angeles educators who joined us for a one day workshop on November 3, in Santa Monica - Rachel Freeman, Toni Jones, Julie Kennedy, Alice Lee, Cheryl Mick, Julie Drake, and Yim Tam. Special thanks goes to Yim Tam for her outreach, organization, and everything she did to make the seminar a success. We watched Centropa’s short multimedia films, explored our database of interviews and photographs, and spent time designing lessons for their students.
Vienna, on the night of November 10, 1938: Synagogues are being set on fire and Jewish shops destroyed throughout the city. Jews are hunted, kidnapped and murdered.
For the 80th anniversary of the tragic events, Centropa has created a website where you can learn about how Jewish eyewitnesses experienced the March 1938 “Anschluss” – the annexation of Austria to the German Reich – and the subsequent Kristallnacht pogroms of November 1938.