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.
The aim of our Common Ground program is to bring together students who have very different social and cultural background, in order to fight the natural segregation which is present in Hungary today. In the framework of the program, Roma and non-Roma, Jewish and non-Jewish, Budapest and countryside students meet, get to know each other, and create a project together which they can share in their communities.
Between 5-12 July, we organized our annual Centropa Summer Academy for the 11th time. This year, we used Berlin as our classroom, and learned about Jewish history, the Third Reich, the Cold War and Civil Society - by touring streets and museums, listening to experts and panel discussions, and working on lesson plans.
83 dedicated teachers came together from 19 countries to learn, connect, share, and take part in an experience of lifetime which they can bring back to their students.
On June 13, Centropa proudly presented its new film „Zahor - to remember“ at a movie screening at the CityDome film theater in Sinsheim, Germany to 150 invited guests. Special guests included Dr. Menachem Mayer and his family from Israel, Consul General of Israel Sandra Simovich, Michael Schreiner from the Ministry of Education, Cultural Affairs, Youth and Sports of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Dietmar Hopp, Peter Hofmann, president of TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Ilay Elmkies, the narrator of the film.
This year we organized our video competition "In the footstep of Jewish memories" for the sixth time, and it was the second year that students of the Visegrád countries could compete together. We received more than 30 videos from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, whih were evaluated by an international jury. The videos were so great that in each category, shared prizes were awarded.
Impressions from our annual Macedonian teacher-training seminar, which brought together 52 participants from Macedonia, Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia, in Skopje on May 4-6, 2018, thanks to the generous support of the Claims Conference, the Holocaust Fund of the Jews from Macedonia, the US Embassy and the Austrian Embassy.
On May 3rd, our Café Centropa Vienna members visited Eisenstadt, a small town with a rich Jewish history. The first stop was the old Jewish cemetery that was used between 1679 and 1875. After that, we visited the Jewish Museum itself and the small synagogue that is placed inside of the museum. Special thanks to Johannes Reiss, the director of the museum, who was very kind to us and guided our group. We closed the trip with a lunch together.