About the Project

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Our philosophy:

Together with our local partners in Ukraine and Moldova, our goal is to connect Ukrainians and Moldovans to their country’s Jewish history, and to their neighbors. We believe that cultural exchange is necessary to foster democratic values. Through the trans-national approach of this program, we encourage critical thinking and a balanced culture of remembrance. The program also aims to involve young Ukrainians and Moldovans by offering a video competition that motivates them to explore the history of their country.

Since June 2015, we have held four training seminars for a total of 70 Ukrainian teachers and NGO representatives on 20th Century Ukrainian-Jewish history. Starting in January 2017, we will also offer professional development seminars for teachers and civil society multipliers in Moldova. We also aim to build bridges to Germany by bringing together educational multipliers from all three countries.

Our three core beliefs:

  • we believe in no borders
  • stories are universal, and connect us all
  • no one can teach a teacher better than a teacher

Our target groups:

  • teachers and multipliers of formal and non-formal education, NGO representatives in Ukraine and Moldova
  • students in Ukraine and Moldova

Our goals:

  • fostering democratic values such as pluralism, and a critical discussion of 20th and 21st century Ukrainian history, with a special focus on Jewish history, the Holocaust, and Euromaidan
  • promoting active civil society participation through the implementation of nation-wide video competitions
  • strengthen interest in local Jewish history and Holocaust Education
  • combat prejudices, xenophobia, and anti-semitism

Our activities and outputs in Ukraine:

  • training seminars for educators and NGO representatives in Ukraine
  • three films on Jewish-Ukrainian history and lectures on Jewish history available on the Trans.History website
  • bilingual travelling exhibition “The Ukrainian-Jewish Family Album” (English/Ukrainian), with accompanying brochure
  • Connect Trans.History participants with each other and educators from Germany and other countries on facebook and other social media sites

Our activities and outputs in Moldova:

  • training seminar for educators and NGO representatives in Moldova (starting January 2017)
  • website in Romanian and Russian (under construction)
  • short film on Moldovan-Jewish history (completed by January 2017)

The Trans.History Team

Centropa Germany

Fabian Ruehle
administration, fundraising, budget and content management (English and German)
ruehle@centropa.org

Centropa Vienna

Esther Cotoarba
logistics, content management (Romanian), administration
cotoarba@centropa.org

Edward Serotta
Exhibition curator, Film director

Ukraine

NGO “Mnemonics”, Rivne
Natalia Ivchik, Petro Dolganov, Maksim Gon
local coordination, historical advisors

ORT school, Kyiv
Svetlana Sakovska, Translation of Ukrainian materials, coordination in Kyiv

Moldova

NGO “International Center for Training and Professional Development” ICTPD
Alexandra Safronova, Galina Karger
local coordination, content management in Russian, administration in Moldova