This year´s 24th seminar How to Teach about the Holocaust took place in the Jewish Museum in Prague and in the Terezín Memorial. Attended by 45 teachers from Czech elementary and secondary schools, this three-day first-level seminar proceeded between March 24 and 26, 2023.
Its participants heard lectures on Judaism and the history of Jewish settlements in Bohemia and Moravia, on anti-Semitism and its manifestations in the past and present, on the propagandist function of the Terezín Ghetto, on the Roma and Sinti Holocaust and the principle of teaching about the Holocaust itself. The event also featured workshops, staged by the Terezín Memorial and the Museum of Romani Culture in Brno and presented some of the programs both institutions routinely offer to school groups, plus a combined theater and art workshop prepared by Dr. Jana Jebavá. Attending teachers had an opportunity to take part in the individual workshops according to their own preferences.
Regular components of the seminar are guided sightseeing tours of Prague´s Jewish Town, the former Terezín Ghetto and the former Gestapo Police Prison in the Small Fortress. The schoolteachers greatly appreciated the possibility of meeting Dr. Michaela Vidláková, a former Terezín Ghetto inmate, who shared memories of her fate and life in the Ghetto as a child prisoner.