Seminars for teachers ”How to teach about the Holocaust“

Workshop done by the Museum of the Romani Culture, Brno during the seminar „How to teach about the Holocaust?“, 2016, photo: Jana Havlínová, Památník Terezín.

Workshop done by the Museum of the Romani Culture, Brno during the seminar „How to teach about the Holocaust?“, 2016, photo: Jana Havlínová, Památník Terezín.


Seminar for elementary and secondary school teachers called How to Teach About the Holocaust was held in Prague´s Jewish Museum and in the Terezín Memorial already for the 16th times. Run in two cycles (between February 19 and 21 and from March 4 to 6), the seminar was attended by more than 100 teachers. Each three-day program covered lectures on the Jewish settlement in Bohemia and Moravia (complete with sightseeing visits to Prague’s Jewish Town), on anti-Semitism, on the psychological aspects of genocide, the Terezín Ghetto and the Romany Holocaust. One of the highlights of the program was a meeting with former Terezín Ghetto inmates (namely Hana Hnátová and Dagmar Lieblová in the first series, Eva Štichová and Lisa Miková in the second one).

Result of teacher's work from workshop of dr. Jana Jebavá, the seminar „How to teach about the Holocaust?“, 2016, photo: Jana Havlínová, Památník Terezín.

Result of teacher’s work from workshop of dr. Jana Jebavá, the seminar „How to teach about the Holocaust?“, 2016, photo: Jana Havlínová, Památník Terezín.


The program also included three different workshops out of which participants were free to choose one. These included a fine art-cum-dramatic workshop led by Dr. Jana Jebavá, based on the Biblical theme of Judith, a courageous women of the Antiquity whose story in a specific way also presages the topic of the Shoa. Furthermore, the program offered a workshop prepared by employees of the Terezín Memorial’s Department of Education called From a Number to a Name. Employing biographical approach and techniques as well as aesthetic methods, this workshop sought to portray the fate of some of the people who had passed through Terezín. The last workshop was prepared by the Museum of Romany Culture in Brno. In its course, the teachers had an opportunity to get hands-on experience of what the above-mentioned institutions offer to their pupils in their educational seminars.

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