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PROJECT REPORT 2016/2017


CONTENTS

ABOUT THE PROJECT 3

WHAT IS TRANS.HISTORY? 3

THE TRANS.HISTORY TEAM 4

PARTICIPANTS’ IMPRESSIONS 6

TRANS.HISTORY IN 2016/2017 7

SEMINARS 8

KYIV SEMINAR 8

CHIȘINĂU SEMINAR 10

LVIV SEMINAR 12

THE TOOLS WE USE 16

EXHIBITIONS 16

FILMS 18

GRAPHIC NOVEL 21

VIDEO COMPETITION FOR STUDENTS 22

SUPPORTERS & PARTNERS 24

OUR SUPPORTERS 24

OUR PARTNERS 26

ABOUT CENTROPA 28

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About the project

WHAT IS TRANS.HISTORY?

Trans.History is Centropa’s education

program on 20th Century Jewish history

for teachers and civil society multipliers in

Ukraine and Moldova. With our local partners,

we offer seminars, films, exhibitions, online

education tools, and student competitions.

Our goal is to connect Ukrainians

and Moldovans to their country’s

Jewish history by using

innovative teaching tools. We

believe that cultural exchange is

necessary to foster democratic

values and to encourage critical

thinking and a balanced culture

of remembrance.

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THE TRANS.HISTORY TEAM

Centropa

Fabian Ruehle

administration, fundraising, budget

and content management (EN & DE)

Esther Cotoarba

logistics, content management

(Romanian), administration

Maximilian von Schoeler

website and social media, logistics,

fundraising

NGO “Mnemonics” | Rivne

4 About the project

Natalia Ivchik

Petro Dolganov


Society Initiatives Institute | Lviv

Taras Repytskyi

Viktor Petrov

NGO “International Center for Training and

Professional Development” ICTPD | Chișinău

Alexandra Safronova,

Galina Karger

Roman Odesschii

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PARTICIPANTS’ IMPRESSIONS

Seminars like this one are very important and

useful, as they help to develop the creativity

of teachers.

Tetyana Chernenko, Nizhyn

The seminar was a great opportunity to

communicate with other representatives from

abroad, and sharing experiences. The project

Trans.History films Centropa is an effective

step in developing students' critical thinking.

Nina Negara, Chisinau

Centropa materials are real, not imaginary stories

of people. This is very important. Some

of these people are still alive and they are the

witnesses of those terrible times. In terms of

education this is much more powerful than

reading a book or a magazine article.

Goncearova Tatiana, Theater Lyceum,

Chisinau, Moldova

This kind of events give us an opportunity

to better understand the Jewish culture and

traditions of the Jewish nation. Thank you for

the opportunity to strengthen my knowledge

and skills, for the possibility to use methodological

materials and methods of Centropa.

Danylova Kateryna, Kiev, Ukraine

The main difference between Centropa seminar

and other seminars I have attended is the

fact that we have received a lot of different

materials as well as different viewpoints and

not just a subjective approach.

Nedbaliuc Alexandr, Lyceum ”Mihai Grecu”,

Chisinau, Moldova

I like all the materials from the website,

including the methodical materials of my

colleagues and their experience.

Danylova Kateryna, Kiev, Ukraine

6 About the project


TRANS.HISTORY IN 2016/2017


About:

International cross-sectoral program

for teachers and multipliers from

Ukraine, Moldova and Germany.

Goals:

Better understanding of 20th century

Ukranian and Moldovan History, especially

Jewish History, using Social

Media to share Jewish family stories

and show the importance of civil

society values.

The tools we use:

Centropa films about Holocaust

survivors for Ukrainian and Moldovan

audiences

Exhibitions on Jewish family stories

Some numbers:

e Applications altogether: 240

f Participants altogether: 120

l Facebook fans: 477

Exhibition visited by more than 2.000

people in 15 locations

Events:

Video competitions on Jewish history

and civil society for Ukrainian and

Moldovan students: 12 video entries

3 training seminars in Ukraine and

Moldova: Kyiv – Chișinău – Lviv

Website:

trans-history.org

Multi-lingual: English, Ukrainian, Russian

and Romanian

Usage between May 2016 and April

2017: 2.300 unique visitors making a

total of 8.400 visits.

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Seminars

KYIV SEMINAR

From September 29 to October 1, 2016, 45

participants from Ukraine, Moldova, Germany

and Poland listened to lectures on Ukrainian

Jewish History, worked in small groups to

discuss how to use our two Ukrainian Centropa

films, and visited our new exhibition "A

Ukrainian Jewish Family Album".

They also attended the official Babyn Yar

Commemoration with the German and Ukrainian

presidents and other dignitaries.

8 Seminars


The more we speak with youth in an open way, the less anti-Semitism we will have.

Children need to be attracted to Holocaust studies. If they study it themselves, they

will become empathetic and will not stay indifferent.

Tatiana Chernenko, Kiev, Ukraine

Photos: Maksim Levin

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CHIȘINĂU SEMINAR

From January 25-27, Centropa and its

Moldovan partner, the Chisinau-based ICTPD,

organized the first Trans.History training

seminar for Moldovan educators in Chișinău.

45 educators and NGO representatives from

Moldova joined by delegations from Ukraine,

Poland, and Germany. During this seminar the

participants were introduced to Centropa’s

Moldovan interviews and photographs, and attended

various lectures and workshops about

Moldovan Jewry and developed lesson plans

for history, language, civil society and literature

classes. As part of this first seminar in

Moldova, the first Centropa Student Competition

in Moldova was launched.

10 Seminars


Trans.History and Centropa web-sites are user-friendly and I have found a lot of

interesting information, that can be used not only during the classes of History and

Civic Education, but also for the extracurricular activities. I hope you will add more

materials on the local history in the context of World history.

Tatiana Chernenko, Kiev, Ukraine

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LVIV SEMINAR

On March 31 and April 1, 2017 Centropa and

our Ukrainian partners, the NGOs Society Initiative

Institute and Mnemonika, conducted the

fourth Trans.History seminar in Ukraine. Over

50 teachers and non-formal educators, civil

society activists, and journalists from Ukraine,

Moldova, Germany attended this seminar.

During the seminar, the winners of the Ukrainian

student film competition were awarded

and their winning films were screened to the

seminar participants. The participants visited

the Ukrainian Jewish Family Album exhibition,

joined a walking tour of Jewish Lviv and had

various opportunities to develop new lesson

plans and projects and brainstorm about

setting up cross-border partnerships and

introducing social media to their classrooms.

12 Seminars


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The Tools we use

EXHIBITIONS

The Centropa Ukrainian Jewish Family Album

At the seminar in Kyiv in September 2016, we

introduced new participants to our exhibition

“The Centropa Ukrainian Jewish Family

Album”. On 15 panels, features excerpts from

Centropa interviews with Ukrainian Jewish

Holocaust survivors. Through photos and

stories, our interviewees tell us about their

vacations, school, work, and Jewish life.

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The second section, “In Dark Times” , has

panels with stories and pictures of the

Holodomor, the Holocaust, Babyn Yar, and

evacuation. The interviews and photos are

put into context by historical maps and other

background information. Until today, the

exhibition has been shown in 15 Ukrainian

locations. The exhibition is accompanied by a

bilingual brochure which is also available as

an online PDF on the Trans.History website.

Since the launch of the exhibition during the

Kyiv seminar in September 2016, the exhibition

has traveled to 15 schools throughout

Ukraine and continues to be booked out.

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FILMS

Based on our interviews with Jewish Holocaust survivors, Centropa has produced close to 50 short

multimedia films. While these films build the core of our education program, and are ideal for classroom

use, they also appeal to a larger audience, and have been shown at Film Festivals worldwide.

For Ukraine and Moldova, we have produced four short films that are now used being used in

schools, libraries and community centers all over Ukraine and Moldova.

Film: “The Story of Ivan Barbul”

See all Trans.History Films here:

trans-history.org/films

Ivan Barbul was born as Isaak Rybakov in

1929 in Rezina, which was a mostly Jewish

town in Bessarabia at that time. He grew up in

a poor Jewish family, with his father working

at the local Jewish school. During World War

II, his family was deported to Bogdanovka, an

infamous labor camp in Transnistria. While his

siblings and parents were killed, Isaak, now

14, managed to survive thanks to Ivan Ilich

Barbul and his wife Agafia, who adopted Isaak

and gave him a new name, and a new life.

16 The Tools we use


Film: “Return to Rivne:

A Holocaust Story”

Centropa’s most unusual film to date. Shelly

Weiner and Raya Kizhnerman live in Greensboro,

NC. But these two kindly grandmothers were

born in the bustling city of Rivne—then in Poland,

now in Ukraine. In 1941 20,000 Jews lived

in Rivne, but when the German Wehrmacht and

the Waffen SS stormed into town, they planned

on murdering every Jew they could find. How

Shelly and Raya survived the massacre is a story

they tell themselves, not long after they visited

Rivne in 2013.

With old photographs and exquisite, custom-made

drawings by artist Emma Flick.

Motion graphics by Wolfgang Els.

After I showed my students “Return to

Rivne”, the discussions after this film

lasted almost 2 hours and were very

productive.

Elena Cataraga, Moldova

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Film: “The Story of Tamara Koblik”

Film: “Haya-Lea Detinko: Surviving

Stalin’s Gulag”

Haya-Lea was born in 1920 in Rovno, which

then belonged to Poland. She grew up in a traditional

Jewish family, joined a Zionist youth

club called Hashomer Hatzair and looked forward

to emigrating to Palestine, just like her

sister. But the Soviets took eastern Poland in

September 1939 and Haya-Lea’s membership

in Hashomer Hatzair earned her a ten year

sentence of hard labor in Siberia. The rest of

her family remained behind, not knowing that

the Nazis would overrun the town soon after

Haya-Lea’s deportation to the east.

The story of how a Jewish family from

Rezina was torn apart during the Holocaust.

When World War II came and the Germans

approached, Tamara and her parents fled on

a train to Makhachkala. But while Tamara and

her mother survived in evacuation, her father

was taken to the Gulag, where he perished.

Tamara´s Grandmother and cousins were first

forced to live in the Rybnitsa Ghetto and were

killed later in Transnistria. When Soviet troops

had liberated Bessarabia in 1944, Tamara and

her mother returned to Chisinau, where they

started a new life, and where Tamara Koblik

eventually raised her own family.

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GRAPHIC NOVEL

While we encourage Ukrainian and Moldovan

students to use digital technologies to explore

their country’s Jewish history, not all schools are

able to provide the necessary infrastructure for

such tech-driven projects. That is why we invited

one of our most creative teachers from Romania,

Horatiu Suciu, to run a workshop during our Chisinau

seminar in January 2017. Horatiu shared

a best-practice example on how to students

created a graphic novel based on a Centropa

biography which the teenagers had found on

our website. Horatiu also spoke about his other

Centropa-related projects such as a student film

festival. More than 70% of the seminar participants

found Horatiu’s workshop very useful.

I’ve already used Horatiu’s graphic novel in class! Students would rather

watch something than read something. The images speak for themselves.

This way you have more time and they can work at home as well.

Gheorghe Blanaru, Moldova

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VIDEO COMPETITION FOR STUDENTS

The video competition for students from

Ukraine and Moldova was the chance for

young people from schools and the universities

to create a video on two topics:

1. “Our Town’s Jewish History

2. “The importance of Civil Society”

The participants were challenged to create an

innovative and creative film of around 7 minutes

which presented one of the two topics as

a historically accurate and interesting story.

Cenropa provided them with video guidelines

and practical tips on how to create videos.

The Trans.History team received around 12

videos from schools in Ukraine and Moldava,

the majority of them focusing on “Our Town’s

Jewish History”. All videos showed that the

students had risen up to the challenge and

provided a new and creative insight into their

town’s and country’s history.

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Category: “Our town’s Jewish

history”

Two 1st places:

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““Zigmund Sasover””

Teacher: Kateryna Tsybulska from

Ternopil

“Three Synagogues”

Teacher: Maryna Pysanets from Kyiv

Category: “The importance of Civil

Society”

1st place:

ö ö “Goodness and Evil – who is the winner?”

by Maryna Pysanets, Kyiv

The winning films received vouchers for video

or computer equipment and were presented .

during the Trans.History seminar in Lviv on

April 1, 2017.

All films can be viewed here:

trans-history.org/competitions/

video-competition-2016-2017/

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Supporters & partners

OUR SUPPORTERS

Federal Foreign Office

With headquarters in Berlin and a network of 229 missions

abroad, the Federal Foreign Office maintains Germany’s

relations with other countries as well as with international and

supra-national organizations. This work concerns much more

than just political contacts among governments and parliaments.

Because Germany and German society are enmeshed in

ever-growing international networks, the Federal Foreign Office

promotes intensive interaction and exchange with the world

in the fields of business, culture, science and technology, the

environment and development issues.

auswaertiges-amt.de

International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance

The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) is

an intergovernmental body whose purpose is to place political

and social leaders’ support behind the need for Holocaust

education, remembrance and research both nationally and

internationally.

holocaustremembrance.com

22 Supporters & partners


U.S. Embassy Kyiv, Ukraine

The US Diplomatic mission to Ukraine started on January 22,

1992, and today is comprised of approximately 181 Americans

and more than 560 Ukrainians, representing more than a dozen

US Government departments and agencies. The Public Affairs

Section of the U.S. Embassy, in conjunction with the State Department

in Washington, organizes and funds various cultural

programming throughout the year.

ua.usembassy.gov/embassy/kyiv

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OUR PARTNERS

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Society Initiatives Institute | Ukraine

Society Initiatives Institute is a team of committed young professionals

whose activities are aimed at development of civil

society. For this purpose, the organization implements projects

in the field of community development, creates opportunities

for youth, and conducts special trainings and courses for public

institutions and businesses. Society Initiatives Institute cooperates

with state organizations and institutions, with businesses

and citizens in order to develop civil society in Ukraine. The

organization has 4 regional offices (with headquarters in Lviv)

and more than 400 volunteers.

www.sii.org.ua

International Center of Training and

Professional Development | Moldova

International Center of Training and Professional Development

is a grassroot non-governmental organization registered in

Moldova in 2003. ICTPD has a Useful Activity Certificate issued

by the Ministry of Justice.

www.trainingcenter.md


Mnemonika – Мнемоніка | Rivne, Ukraine

The main goal of Mnemonika’s activity is scientific studies of

memory politics and public history, research, development and

implementation assistance of the optimum democratic models

into the sphere of memory politics in Ukraine.

mnemonika.org.ua

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ABOUT CENTROPA

Centropa is a non-profit historical institute

that uses new technologies and digital storytelling

to connect 21st century students to

20th century Jewish history – and with each

other. Since 2000, Centropa has interviewed

1,200 elderly Jews in 15 countries from

Central and Eastern Europa, and collected

and scanned their family photos. Centropa

then turned some of the most compelling

biographies into short multi-media films that

are being used in 600 schools in 20 countries.

Centropa offers 35 short, biographical films

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about European-Jewish family stories, as

well as 10 brief documentary films. All films

are between 3 and 30 minutes long and can

easily be used in various educational settings.

Every year Centropa conducts local workshops,

national, and international seminars

in the US, Europe and Israel. The highlight of

our education program is the Annual Summer

Academy, which brings together up to 90 educators

from 18 countries for a 9-day travelling

workshop through Central Europe. During this

time, teachers can network, develop lesson

plans and materials based on Centropa

resources – while they meet with historians,

journalists and politicians, and turn the city

into their classroom.

Learn more about Centropa here:

www.centropa.org

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