Where We've Been 

Past Seminars 

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Trans.History seminar in Lublin


Date: May 8-10 2020.
Location: Lublin, Poland

Our upcoming Trans.History teacher training seminar is organized for educators from Poland, Ukraine, Moldova, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. 

Polish educators, journalists and representatives of Polish civil society initiatives may apply here, until March 29:

Representatives from other countries will receive individual invitations. 

The seminar is organized in cooperation with Teatr NN - Brama Grodzka, with support from the International Visegrad Fund. 

CJN seminar in Budapest


Date: February 23-25 2020.
Location: Budapest, Hungary

We were pleased that 28 educators from 14 countries joined us in Budapest for our Centropa Jewish Network seminar to gain new resources and tools, discuss common challenges and ideas about Jewish education, and form partnerships for the future.

The program highlights included a visit in the Dohány and Rumbach synagogues, watching the newest film of Centropa on the Kindertransport with invited guests from the British, Austrian and German Embassies, and an interactive workshop by the National Library of Israel on how to use Centropa and NLI joint resource packs in class. 


The seminar has been supported by the Rothschild Foundation, the Buncher Foundation, the Dutch Humanitarian Fund, the Ronal S. Lauder Foundation, and the Federation of Hungarian Jewish Communities. Sepcial thanks to the Lauder Javne School of Budapest for their partnership.


Centropa Seminar in Greece


Date: December 15-16, 2019
Location: Thessaloniki, Greece

Our professional development seminar "Teaching 20th century multicultural Greek history through Jewish family stories, promoting interreligious tolerance in the Balkans" for Greek teachers in secondary schools was organized between 15-16 December in Thessaloniki.

Participants watched Centropa films, learned about Centropa projects that other teachers in Greece and elsewhere are already carrying out, and got connected with colleagues abroad. In cooperation with the European Jewish Cemeteries Initiative (ESJF), participants developed lesson plans on how to integrate Greek Jewish material heritage, in particular local Jewish cemeteries, as sites of learning about Greek Jewish history.

Feel free to contact Fabian Rühle for more details. 

The seminar was organized in partnership with the Konrad-Adenauer Foundation Greece/Cyprus, The European Jewish Cemeteries Iniciative, the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece and under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture, Education and Religion.


Teaching Jewish History, The Holocaust and Inter-Religious Tolerance in the Western Balkans


Location: Cultural Center Stari grad, Belgrade

Date: Belgrade, December 14–16, 2019 

From December 14-16, 2018, a total of 37 participants attended Centropa´s 12th seminar for teachers and educators from the Western Balkan in Belgrade, Serbia. We organized this training seminar for teachers from North Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia.


Feel free to contact Fabian Rühle for more details. 

Thank you to the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany, Austrian Embassy Belgrade, German Embassy Belgrade, Austrijski Kulturni Forum.

Trans.History seminar in Moldova


Date: October 25-27, 2019
Location: Chisinau and Riscova, Moldova

Our annual Trans.History seminar in Moldova brought together 50 participants from Moldova, Ukraine, Germany and the Visegrad countries. Teachers learned about the Jewish history of Moldova from Irina Shikova, watched Centropa films and drafted lesson plans, and listened to classroom-tested projects from our veteran teachers. We also attended the opening of our exhibition, "The Moldovan Jewish Family Album" in the Riscova school, and visited the Jewish cemetery of Orhei.

Special thanks to our partner, EcoVisio, and our supporters, the Auswärtiges Amt and Visegrad Fund.


7th Macedonian Centropa Seminar for 50 educators from the Western Balkans 

“Teaching 20th century Balkan Jewish history and the Holocaust, promoting local remembrance culture and regional dialogue”

Location: Holocaust Memorial Center, Skopje

Date: October 18-20, 2019


From October 18-20 2019, a total of 50 participants attended Centropa´s 7th annual Western Balkan seminar in Skopje, North Macedonia. Together with our partners and hosts from the Holocaust Memorial Center in Skopje, we organized this training seminar for teachers from North Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia.


Feel free to contact Fabian Rühle for more details. 


Thank you to the Holocaust Memorial Center, Austrian Embassy Skopje, Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany, and the U.S. Embassy of Skopje


Centropa Western Balkans Seminar: Maribor, Slovenia 


Date: May 31 - June 2, 2019
Location: Maribor, Slovenia


Our seminar "Teaching Jewish history, the Holocaust, and inter-religious tolerance in the Western Balkans" was organized for 40 educators from Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, and North Macedonia. During the seminar, participants learned about the Jewish history of Maribor and Lendava through expert lectures, walking tours and museum visits, met members of the Jewish community, watched Centropa films from the region, and listened presentations about how our veteran teachers use them in class. 


The working languages of the seminar were Slovenian and English.


Thanks for the Sinagoga Maribor Cultural Center, the Claims Conference and the Municipality of Lendava for their support. 

Trans.History Seminar: Odessa, Ukraine 


Date: April 12-14, 2019
Location: Odessa, Ukraine

For our 11th Trans.History seminar, we brought together 50 teachers fromUkraine, Moldova and Germany to discuss and share best practices on commemorating Jewish history and culture, and promoting active citizenship in educational contexts.

Thanks to our special guests: Marina London of Beit Grand, Vladislav Hrynevich, regional manager of UJE, Jens Kraus-Massé from the German Embassy Kyiv, and Anatoli Podolski and Maksim Gon for welcoming and speaking to our group.

Thanks for our partners and veteran teachers who run activites for us, and contributed to this meaningful event!

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 Centropa Poland Seminar: Lublin, Poland 


Date: March 22-24, 2019
Location: Lublin, Poland

25 Polish and 5 German teachers explored Centropa's teaching tools, met with academics and journalists such as Konstanty Gebert, attended a Shabbat dinner, engaged in workshops, and visited the State Museum at Majdanek at the site of the former German concentration camp. Together, participants developed lesson plans that they will use in their classrooms. 

The seminar was organized by Centropa, in partnership with the Galicia Jewish Museum Krakow, Friedrich Ebert Foundation Warsaw, and Teatr N.N. Lublin.

We thank the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and the Austrian Embassy Warsaw for underwriting this seminar.

Centropa Jewish Network Seminar:

Istanbul, Turkey 


Date: February 24-27, 2019
Location: Ulus Jewish School, Istanbul, Turkey

34 teachers came together from 16 countries to our 7th professional development seminar for European Jewish schools in Istanbul, Turkey! Teachers learned about the Centropa database and our materials, attended workshops and presentations about new methodologies and tools, disvocered the old Jewish neighborhood of Istanbul, and attended a wonderful welcome dinner in the Neve Shalom synagogue, where they were welcomed by the rabbi. 

During the seminar, each teacher found a partner from another school, and together corss-border project ideas were outlined, which will connect the Jewish school students of Europe in creative and engaging ways while also deepening their knowledge about Jewish culture, and strenghtening their Jewish identity. 

Special thanks to our wonderful partners, the Ulus Jewish School, for being our welcoming hosts for this seminar!