Facing History and Ourselves towards Today´s Society. Using History in the Civic Education

A two-year project implemented by the Terezín Initiative Institute in cooperation with partners Romano jasnica and Kharomo Chodov o.p.s.


Implementation period:

  • 1 October 2020 to 30 September 2022

 

Annotation:

For effective understanding to the present, strengthening in it and to decide to engage in society, it is necessary to adopt democratic values, the will to acquire information and the skills to work with them. Facing history and ourselves towards today society project offers interconnected activities that lead to an understanding of our identity and history’s influence on our perception of today. Cooperation with organizations in structurally affected regions directly with members of the Roma community enables the majority and Roma com.connection, taking into account their attitudes and needs.


Our target groups:

  • lecturers/educators who (after completing the course), will be able to teach lessons using the Facing History and Ourselves method in schools; including Roma lecturers and university students with pedagogical specialisation;
  • teachers of all type of schools, lecturers/educators, students of pedagogical faculties or didactics of history – attend a seminar for teachers, then teach according to the FHAO method and using methodologies from seminars in their schools, participate in activity 5 by their own participation and students with implementation proposed activities;
  • young people: students of secondary schools, grammar schools, clients of low-threshold facilities – complete educational programs led by ITI lecturers and subsequently trained lecturers from the course, shoot video clips, participate in student conferences and then implement a project designed.


Goals:

  • What? Through history lead to thinking about our present, personal and group identity, our place in the world and what we can achieve through our own activity.
  • How? Through a course for lecturers/educators, programs for schools, the shooting of clips with young people, public debates and a student conference that brings together all three target groups.
  • Why? If we understand the context, we can apply our knowledge in the real world, we understand the causes of our attitudes and we are willing to change them, we are stronger, more confident and we know our value.


The biggest challenge of the project:

Align the target groups of the project so that participants have the opportunity to get to know each other, understand the different starting conditions and motivations, and inspire and strengthen each other in the effort to change for the better.


The biggest benefit of the project:

Getting to know people who would not otherwise meet.


Consistency with the strategy of the Terezín Initiative Institute:

The ITI's strategy is based on three pillars: 1. research on Nazi persecution in the Czech lands and in Europe and documentation of its victims, 2. remembrance and 3. education against racism, anti-Semitism and xenophobia. Since 2015, we have been working on the Roma Holocaust, its causes and consequences. The study of the processes leading to the Holocaust shows that prejudice and hatred, together with ignorance and unwillingness to find informations and critically evaluate informations, lead to tragic consequences. The result is the insecurity of people belonging to marginalized excluded groups, the disruption of trust in their own culture and traditions, the loss of identity. Therefore, in the project we focus on knowledge, but above all on values, attitudes, skills, activity, communication and self-confidence.


Project activities:

  1. Capacity building of Terezín Initiative Institute.
  2. Course for lecturers/educators.
  3. Two days educational seminars for teachers.
  4. Educational programs for youth.
  5. Filming clips with young people and arragment of public debates to them
  6. Student conference for all target groups of the project.

 

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The project is being supported by the Open Society Fund Prague from the Active Citizens Fund. The programme promotes citizens’ active participation in the public life and decision making and builds capacities of civil society organizations. The Active Citizens Fund is financed from the EEA and Norway Grants.

 

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12. 4. 2024

It includes an invitation to Yom HaShoah in Prague and other cities in the Czech Republic, an article on the 30th anniversary of ITI and information about our many activities:

  1. Commemoration at Auschwitz-Birkenau

  2. The MemoMap exhibition: History of the Holocaust in Prague

  3. International cooperation
  1. Anne Frank Youth Network
  2. MemoGIS Workshop
  3. Austrian Traces in Terezín
9. 4. 2024

This year's 19th annual public reading of the names of Holocaust victims, "Yom HaShoah", will take place on 6 May 2024. The names of victims of Nazi persecution will be read in 31 cities across the Czech Republic, commemorating the fate of those who were murdered during the Second World War.

22. 3. 2024

About a month ago, we celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Terezín Initiative Institute at the invitation of Austrian Ambassador Bettina Kirnbauer. Till Janzer from Radio Prague International also reported on the event. You can read or listen to the article under the following link (only in German).

21. 3. 2024

We would like to invite you to an educational workshop called "Art Against Death", which we are organizing. This workshop will take place on April 13, 2024 from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm in Prague.

15. 3. 2024

The latest Anne Frank Youth Network action project is complete!


9. 3. 2024
On Friday, 8 March, we held a commemorative act in the BIIb section of the former concentration and extermination camp at Auschwitz II-Birkenau, where the so-called Terezín Family Camp was located, to honor the memory of the people who were murdered on the night of 8 to 9 March 1944. In addition to the director of the Terezín Initiative Institute, Tomáš Kraus, the event was attended by the director of the Terezín Memorial, Jan Roubínek, the director of Beit Terezín (Israel), Tami Kinberg, the chairwoman of the board of the Terezín Initiative Institute, Michaela Rozov, and on behalf of the Jewish Museum in Prague, Jana Šplíchalová.
We would also like to thank the Auschwitz Memorial for its patronage and, last but not least, all the participants for joining us in honouring their memory.
7. 3. 2024

In September 1943, five thousand Jews from the so-called Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia were transported from the Terezín concentration camp to the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp in two transports for reasons that have not yet been made clear.