School projects: The traveling documentary exhibition Munich, Occupation, Liberation

Students of the Secondary Industry School of Ostrava – Vítkovice, Šárka Kunčická, Vojtěch Žižka and Petr Langer, supervised by Mgr. Lenka Hrušková and in cooperation with the City Committee of the Czech Association of Liberation Fighters prepared the second annual edition of the travelling documentary exhibition Munich, Occupation, Liberation, that has been up to now seen by more than 3,000 students and teachers of secondary schools in the Ostrava region. On 7 June 2010 the exhibition visited the Education Department of the Terezín Memorial.

From the vernissage of the travelling exhibition

From the vernissage of the travelling exhibition

We were inspired to create this travelling exhibition by the “Memory” event from two years ago, when our schools hosted several lectures from World War II survivors, accompanied by a documentary exhibition provided by Mrs Ludmila Václavíková.

Our aim is to have the exhibition accompanied by visiting personalities who have something to say about the matter at hand, or are survivors who can give a first-hand testimony. In this respect, we have received enormous assistance from Ing. Michal Salomonovič, Mr Luděk Eliáš, Brigadier General Ing. Mikoláš Končický and others. Their testimonies are always an inspiring and captivating illustration of the history of horrors of World War II as it is taught in our schools.

Thanks to the financial support from the Municipal Authority of the City of Ostrava, 16 panels have been produced that make use of historical documents, sources and photographs to map our history from the Munich Pact to liberation, with special focus on the regional history and history of the Holocaust.

More on the project can be found at

Mgr. Lenka Hrušková – Secondary Industry School of Ostrava – Vítkovice

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