About the Project

Our activities in 2019:

Using Centropa‘s unique education program on 20th century European-Jewish family stories, this project will improve Holocaust and tolerance education in six target countries: Ukraine, Moldova, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic.

Since 2000, Centropa has compiled 1,200 interviews with Jewish Holocaust survivors and digitized 22,000 of their family photos, and we produced more than 50 short multimedia films and traveling exhibitions that focus also on Jewish life, not only the Holocaust. Targeting these six countries will enable us to further develop a regional network of teachers who can learn from and partner with each other for better results with their students.

We will organize three regional teacher training seminars where we will invite high school teachers and civil society multipliers from all Visegrad countries, Moldova and Ukraine. 

During our seminars we will improve teachers‘ competence regarding 20th century Jewish and European history, and their skills in using our education materials through new technologies by teaching methods and best practices that accompany Centropa‘s primary sources and our educational materials.

This, in turn, will help teachers accomplish proactive learning programs with their students. We will offer participants concrete educational opportunities to involve their students: video making competitions and traveling exhibitions. By impacting teachers in the Visegrad countries, Ukraine and Moldova, and by shaping the way they teach the Holocaust, we contribute to teenagers better understanding of our common history. With teachers and their students accomplishing their own projects, we ensure that students not only learn facts and dates about history, but make it relevant for themselves.

Our past activities:

Since June 2015, we have held six training seminars for more than 200 Ukrainian teachers and NGO representatives on 20th Century Ukrainian-Jewish history. Since January 2017, we also offer professional development seminars for teachers and civil society multipliers in Moldova. We have held 3 seminars in Moldova with over 100 participants. We also aim to build bridges to Germany by bringing together educational multipliers from all three countries.

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.

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 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
  • connecting Trans.History participants with each other and with educators from Moldova, Germany and other countries on Facebook and other social media sites
  • 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
  • website in Romanian and Russian
  • two short films on Moldovan-Jewish history
  • annual student video competition on Moldovan and Ukrainian Jewish history and Civil Society projects