Young researchers engaged in the educational project “Schoolchild in the War Years”, co-sponsored by the Terezín Memorial, the National Pedagogical Museum and Library of J. A. Comenius, the Terezín Initiative Institute and the National Institute for Further Education, met in Terezín between June 8 and 9, 2016. The aim of this gathering was to acquaint the young generation with typical manifestations and measures of the Nazi totalitarian regime, taking as an example the school environment in the Protectorate and in the regions of prewar Czechoslovakia seized by Germany after the Munich Agreements. Almost twenty teams and individuals from elementary and secondary schools in the Czech Republic joined the project. During the school year 2015-2016, they worked on the topics connected with the school environment in the Czech lands in the years 1938 to 1945,
under the methodological tutelage of their teachers and experts in the above mentioned participating institutions. The key purpose of the meeting in Terezín, attended by almost 70 young students and their teachers, was to share experience and present the researched topics. Its program also included mutual presentations of the work performed by the individual research teams, workshops on the subject of life of young people in the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia,
in the Terezín Ghetto or in the Gestapo Prison in Terezín´s Small Fortress, activities relating to the history of minority schooling, visits to objects and exhibitions of the Terezín Memorial as well as the screening of a documentary on Czechoslovak schools in Britain in World War II. The first chief outputs of the project to be released this year will be exhibition panels featuring the new findings discovered by the young researchers. The project is supported by a grant received by the Terezín Memorial from the international organization called The International Coalition of Sites of Conscience based in the United States.