About the Project

From 2000 to 2010, Centropa has compiled 1,200 interviews with Jewish Holocaust survivors in 15 European countries, and digitized 22,000 of their family photos. Based on these stories and photos, we have produced more than 50 short multimedia films and traveling exhibitions that focus also on Jewish life, not only the Holocaust.

Since 2015, when our local partners and Centropa established the Trans.History project, we have conducted more than twenty training seminars on “20th Century Jewish history, remembrance culture and digital media” for over a 1000 educators and NGO representatives and civil society multipliers in Ukraine, Moldova, the Visegrad countries, and the Caucasus. Trans.History not only connects Ukrainians, Moldovans as well as citizens of the Visegrad countries and the Caucasus to their country’s Jewish history – it also encourages cultural exchange between civil society actors from these countries: by inviting educators from Germany to our training seminars, and having them work side by side with their colleagues, we build bridges between civil society actors across borders. Through our exhibitions and films, our program promotes critical thinking, democratic values and a balanced culture of remembrance. We engage young people and students from our target countries by offering a youth competition that motivates them to explore the history of their country.

Our three core beliefs:

  • we believe in no borders
  • stories are universal, and connect us all
  • no one can teach a teacher better than a teacher

Our primary target groups:

  • educators and civil society actors (and by extension students) of formal and non-formal education, NGO representatives in Ukraine, Moldova, the Visegrad countries and the Caucasus

Our goals:

  • fostering democratic values such as pluralism, and a critical discussion of 20th and 21st century history, with a special focus on Jewish history, the Holocaust, and safeguarding Jewish heritage
  • promoting active civil society participation through the implementation of youth competitions
  • strengthen interest in local Jewish history and heritage as well as Holocaust Education
  • combat prejudices, xenophobia, and anti-Semitism
  • promoting critical thinking and a balanced culture of remembrance