PROJECT REPORT 2016/2017
ABOUT THE PROJECT 3
WHAT IS TRANS.HISTORY? 3
THE TRANS.HISTORY TEAM 4
PARTICIPANTS’ IMPRESSIONS 6
TRANS.HISTORY IN 2016/2017 7
KYIV SEMINAR 8
CHIȘINĂU SEMINAR 10
LVIV SEMINAR 12
THE TOOLS WE USE 16
GRAPHIC NOVEL 21
VIDEO COMPETITION FOR STUDENTS 22
SUPPORTERS & PARTNERS 24
OUR SUPPORTERS 24
OUR PARTNERS 26
ABOUT CENTROPA 28
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
THE TRANS.HISTORY TEAM
administration, fundraising, budget
and content management (EN & DE)
logistics, content management
Maximilian von Schoeler
website and social media, logistics,
NGO “Mnemonics” | Rivne
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Society Initiatives Institute | Lviv
NGO “International Center for Training and
Professional Development” ICTPD | Chișinău
Seminars like this one are very important and
useful, as they help to develop the creativity
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,
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”,
I like all the materials from the website,
including the methodical materials of my
colleagues and their experience.
Danylova Kateryna, Kiev, Ukraine
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TRANS.HISTORY IN 2016/2017
International cross-sectoral program
for teachers and multipliers from
Ukraine, Moldova and Germany.
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
The tools we use:
Centropa films about Holocaust
survivors for Ukrainian and Moldovan
Exhibitions on Jewish family stories
e Applications altogether: 240
f Participants altogether: 120
l Facebook fans: 477
Exhibition visited by more than 2.000
people in 15 locations
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
Multi-lingual: English, Ukrainian, Russian
Usage between May 2016 and April
2017: 2.300 unique visitors making a
total of 8.400 visits.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
The Tools we use
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.
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:
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.
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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
Elena Cataraga, Moldova
Film: “The Story of Tamara Koblik”
Film: “Haya-Lea Detinko: Surviving
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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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
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
Two 1st places:
Teacher: Kateryna Tsybulska from
Teacher: Maryna Pysanets from Kyiv
Category: “The importance of Civil
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:
Supporters & partners
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.
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
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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:
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