Blog: Through Testimony

Blog Posts by Martin Šmok

  • July 20, 2017

    A friend asked me whether I could help her with something. She knew I work with testimonies of Holocaust survivors in education and thought I could help her. We met over a coffee in a hipster place. There, she told me that her son suddenly started talking about Hitler. He talked about him all the time. Hitler and Nazis became a permanent conversation topic at their home, and she did not know what to do.

    “But he is too young for what I do,” I heard myself saying.

  • August 24, 2015

    The President of the Republic went on record to tell the prospective immigrants “nobody invited you here!” Refugees escaping from a murderous regime are regarded as agents of that very regime. Concerned citizens who never saw a refugee discuss them with great fear: refugees will take our jobs, kill our wives, rape our daughters. “We may take a few of those who can prove they are and always were Christians,” some interior ministry clerk declared.

  • March 9, 2015

    In February, I participated in an international conference titled Are we losing memory? Forgotten sites of Nazi forced labor in Central Europe. The event organized by the Terezin Initiative Institute and the North Bohemian Museum in Liberec brought together educators, researchers, archeologists and other experts from the Czech Republic, Poland and Germany to examine the disconnect between history of forced labor and regional history caused by the ethnic cleansing and population transfers after WWII in regions that were part of the German Reich.  

  • December 4, 2014

    The Visual History Archive enables its users to observe the history of political utilization of anti-Jewish prejudice since the beginning of the 20th century until the century's end. Teaching about the mechanisms of hatred and the real goals of the propagandists is of utmost importance especially in what used to be the Soviet Block, where the liberation from Nazi regime did not necessarily mean the end of anti-Jewish propaganda.

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About Martin Šmok

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 10:46am -- deanna.pitre

Martin Šmok started with USC Shoah Foundation as an interviewer nearly 20 years ago and continues to work with the Institute as its Senior International Program Consultant based in the Czech Republic. Šmok lectures at the Teaching with Testimony in the 21st Century teacher education programs held throughout Europe, coordinates outreach efforts and manages the creation of regional testimony-based educational assets.

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