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Thu, Apr 08



Connecting generations through multimedia tools and 20th century Jewish family stories 2021

Online Seminar for Russian, Belarusian & German educators

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Connecting generations through multimedia tools and 20th century Jewish family stories 2021
Connecting generations through multimedia tools and 20th century Jewish family stories 2021

Time & Location

Apr 08, 2021, 5:00 PM GMT+3 – Apr 18, 2021, 4:00 PM GMT+3


About the Event

From April 8 to April 18 we conducted the joint online-seminar  “Connecting generations through multimedia tools and 20th century Jewish  family stories in partnership with our project partners EVA; Jewish  National and Cultural Autonomy & IBB Minsk/ Historical Workshop  “Leonid Levin” and Sefer Center, Moscow. This seminar brought together  around 80 educators in total from Belarus, Russia and Germany.

The first day started with the speeches of the guests of honor: Olga  Slov, Consul General of the State of Israel in St. Petersburg, Stefanie  Schneider, Consul, Department of Culture and Press, Consulate General of  Germany in St. Petersburg as well as Natalia Astakhova, Head of  Municipality Sennoy District, St. Petersburg (Special thanks to our  guests of honor) followed by the presentation of the new project website as well as the key-note lecture on “History of  Russian Jews, 1917-1941 by Ilja Barkussky PhD (Lecturers Bureau of the  Sefer Center, Moscow).

On day 2, Centropa & IBB Minsk introduced the new Centropa film  on Elena Drapkina: A female Jewish partisan, followed by the award  ceremony and presentation of the best lesson plans, developed by  Belarusian teachers  on how to use the film, as well as the new  methodogical materials developed by Dr. Iryna Kashtalian & team who  gave inspiration and guidance for using the film. Insights for talking  about the Holocaust with teenagers were given by psychologist Dmitry  Fainerman who answered questions from the participants on suitable  topics and approaches to discuss the Holocaust with students of  different age groups.

Day 3 began with an introduction into the Culture of Remembrance in  Israel & Russia by Alexander Schneidmesser (Yad Vashem) which was  succeeded by presentations of Holocaust memorial places in St.  Petersburg, such as the Formula of Sorrow Monument in Pushkin and  Holocaust Museum at Eva by Alexander Frenkel who presented the grassroot  movement, Tanya Lvova from (Eva Jewish Charitable Organization, St.  Petersburg) who showed us the exhibition and Lyudmila Bonyushko  (Holocaust Survivor, guide of the Museum) who talked about her own story  and how she guides visitors through the exhibition. Concluded was Day 3  by a presentation from German teacher Alexander King who talked about  how he teaches the Holocaust in German school education and introduced a  lesson plan.

Day 4 included presentations of Holocaust education and memorial  projects in St. Petersburg about the projects: Masa Shorashim, Tolerance  Festival, Yellow Stars Academic Music Concert by Maria Schwartz (Jewish  National And Cultural Autonomy in St. Petersburg) & Tanya Lvova  (Eva Jewish Charitable Organization, St. Petersburg) as well as  Vyacheslav Zilberbord (The Foundation For Music Education Support, St.  Petersburg)  Participants then gained insight into a model lesson plan  on «Righteous Among the World’s Nations» which features Russian stories  by Tatiana Polkovnikova (Associate professor, Social Education  Department, Academy of Postgraduate Pedagogical Studies and history  teacher, St.Petersburg) and were introduced by Fabian Rühle on how to  use the Centropa database to research biographies which feature  righteous stories told by Centropa interviewees.

For an additional program participants had the option to participate  in a workshop, where they learned about Shabbat as well as Jewish  traditions and took their practical skills to the test when they were  shown how to make “Challah” by Alla Mitelman (Director of Shaarei Shalom  Community for Progressive Judaism, St Petersburg). Tanya Lvova then  took participants onto a virtual tour through the Great Choral Synagogue  of St. Petersburg.  All days were accompanied by breakout-room  sessions, where participants had the chance to discuss topics such as:  Challenges of teaching Jewish History and ideas to develop materials on  the Elena Drapkina film in Russia & Germany.

For more information, please see the program:

Online Seminar for Russian, Belarusian & German educators program

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