Rivne Seminar – November 2015

At the seminar in Rivne which took place from November 5th – 7th, 2015, over 40 educators, multipliers, museum and NGO workers from Ukraine, Poland, Germany and USA had the opportunity to:

  • meet Shelly Weiner, a Holocaust survivor originally from Rivne, who was hidden by her Ukrainian neighbors during the Second World War for 20 months, and watch her story
  • watch Centropa films and work in small groups on creating new lesson plans that can be used in their classrooms
  • listen to lectures on Ukrainian Jewish history by Anatoly Podolski and prof. Maksym Gon
  • listen to American and German teachers tell you how they used Centropa’s Ukrainian stories in their classrooms
  • watch great videos made by students and learn about our competition for students
  • network and create international partnerships.

The seminar’s special guest was Shelly Weiner from Greensboro, North Carolina. During the Second World War, Shelly, her mother, her cousin and her aunt, were hidden by a Ukrainian family in the village of Miatan. Centropa made a multimedia film about Shelly’s wartime story, and the film premiered in Rivne on November 6th. The premiere took place after a commemoration service in Sosenski forest, where 17,500 Jews from Rivne, including many of Shelly’s family members, were murdered on November 5th and 6th, 1941. Furthermore, two educational experts from the US attended the seminar as well, thanks to the US Embassy in Kiev. RaeLynne Snyder of Baltimore City Schools and Barbara Hairfield of Charleston, South Carolina, spoke on civil society issues in their cities and how they were discussed with and by their students.

International festival of other education. History. Ideas. Innovations

International festival of other education. History. Ideas. Innovations was the very final event for both youth programs of non-formal education “Live History Workshop” and “Civic Engagement Workshop” as well as for the cross-sectoral project “Trans.history”, which combines formal and non-formal education in history. During the festival the participants had the opportunity to acquire successful tools and methods for working with local communities in Ukraine, Poland and Belarus; they could meet initiators of changes in various cities and were inspired to use new formats of working with the issue of history, as well as with communities and cities.

Trans.History during the Festival:

November 6, 2015 – 14:30-15:30
A commemorative event in the Sosenki forest. Remarks by Shelly Weiner, Anatoly Podolsky and local rabbi.

November 6, 2015 – 16:00-17:00
Screening of the film “Return to Rivne” as part of Trans.History project. Comments Centropa materials.

November 6, 2015 – 19:30
Cross-sectoral meeting of formal and non-formal education, exchange of methods and instruments. Moderated by Ivanna Chupak from Insha Osvita, trainer of non-formal education, and Malwina Fendrych from MitOst.

Cinema “Ukraine”, Independence Square, 2 | UA transcription: Kinopalats “Ukrayina”, maydan Nezalezhnosti, 2

Co-sponsored by:


Embassy of the United States
Kiev, Ukraine

Photos: Taras Kovalchuk