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.
On April 17th, 2018 the Centropa exhibition "Lost Sephardic World" was openend in the Serbian city of Niš. Exhibition was shown in the grand hall of the First Niš Grammar School “Stevan Sremac”. Around hundred people attended the opening of the exhibition. We were happy to welcome a delegate from the Ministry of education-department Niš, a delegate from the City Hall, the professors from the school, media representatives, as well as parents and students.
Our third seminar in Lviv between 3-5. April brought together 50 educators, civil society activists and journalists from Ukraine, Moldova, Germany and Poland. During the seminar, teachers presented their projects and how they have used the Centropa films in educational contexts. The seminar also offered four different one-day workshops to choose from, historical lectures and the presentation of our exhibition „The Ukrainian Jewish Family Album”. In addition, we awarded the winners of our annual Youth Competition.
On March 15th, our newest exhibition “The Lost Sephardic World of the Western Balkans” was opened in the Children Cultural Center of Belgrade. The exhibition opening was organized in cooperation with the Serbian Education Ministry, kindly underwritten by IHRA and the US Embassy in Serbia. Speeches were given by Biljana Stojanovic of the Education Ministry, Kyle Scott, US Ambassador to Serbia, Alona Fischer-Kamm, Israeli Ambassador to Serbia, the Deputy head of the Jewish Community of Belgrade, the Deputy Director of the Children Cultural Center, and Fabian Rühle from Centropa.
Time to announce the winners of our Trans.History Youth competition! We have received many wonderful contributions this year and we are proud to introduce this year’s awardees!
First Prize goes to:Lada Nuzhna, Secondary School № 138, Kyiv, UkraineGalina Untu, Liceul Teoretic "Petru Movila", Chisinau, Moldova
Second Prize goes to:Liudmila Olenenko, Gymnasium "Skifia", Kamianka-Dniprovska, UkraineIrina Mershynets, Shatura Educational Komplex, Shatura, Ukraine
Between 2-4. March, 30 teachers from Poland and Germany came together to work with Centropa materials and discuss Polish Jewish history, during our annual Poland seminar in Warsaw, at the Menora conference room. The seminar was organized in cooperation with POLIN, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Poland, and Taube Center for the Renewal of Jewish Life in Poland Foundation.