About the Project

From 2000 to 2010, Centropa has compiled 1,200 interviews with Jewish Holocaust survivors in 15 European countries, and digitized 22,000 of their family photos. Based on these stories and photos, we have produced more than 50 short multimedia films and traveling exhibitions that focus also on Jewish life, not only the Holocaust.

Since 2015, when our local partners and Centropa established the Trans.History project, we have conducted a dozen training seminars on „20th Century Jewish history and digital media“ for more than 300 Moldovan and Ukrainian teachers and NGO representatives. Trans.History not only connects Ukrainians and Moldovans to their country’s Jewish history – it also encourages cultural exchange between German, Ukrainian, Polish and Moldovan civil society actors: By inviting German (and Polish) educators to these seminars, and having them work side by side with their colleagues from Moldova and Ukraine, we build bridges between civil society actors, and encourage the exchange of ideas and methods. Through our education tools such as exhibitions and films, our program promotes critical thinking, democratic values and a balanced culture of remembrance. We engage young Ukrainians and Moldovans by offering a video competition that motivates them to explore the history of their country.

New activities in 2019/20

We are proud to announce that starting in October 2019, the Trans.History project will also include delegations from the four Visegrad countries (Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and Czech Republic). Our goal will be to develop a regional network of educators who are actively involved in Holocaust and tolerance education. From October 2019 to May 2020, we will organize three regional training seminars to which we invite teachers and civil society multipliers from the six target countries.

Trans.History empowers teachers to offer their students proactive teaching methods that bring 20th century Jewish history to life. Through our films, traveling exhibitions and youth competitions, we enable teachers and teenage students to better understand their country´s history, and to learn more about minorities and the common history of their region.

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 primary target groups:

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

Our goals:

  • fostering democratic values such as pluralism, and a critical discussion of 20th and 21st century 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
  • promoting critical thinking and a balanced culture of remembrance

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
  • annual student video competition on Ukrainian Jewish history and questions on Civil Society and intercultural dialogue

Our activities and outputs in Moldova:

  • training seminars for educators and NGO representatives in Moldova
  • two short multimedia films on Moldovan-Jewish family stories
  • lectures, lesson plans and Jewish biographies on our website in Romanian and Russian
  • bilingual travelling exhibition „The Moldovan-Jewish Family Album“, with accompanying brochure in English, Romanian and Russian
  • annual youth competition on local Jewish history and intercultural dialogue