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Interviews conducted in Czech Republic

567

(includes testimonies in the process of being integrated into the Visual History Archive)

Regional Consultant(s)

  • Martin Šmok

Czech-language Portal

Educational Programming

  • 2017: Educators from Visegrad countries (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary) met to discuss USC Shoah Foundation’s IWalk and IWitness activities
  • 2016: – IWitness was presented at Terezin’s annual education conference, by Czech Regional Consultant Martin Smok
  • 2016: USC Shoah Foundation International Program Consultant Martin Šmok gave a presentation to Czech educators on using IWitness to teach about refugees.
  • 2016: Martin Šmok presented the new Czech-language version of educational resource “Holocaust and Other Genocides.”
  • 2015: In the 2014-2015 fiscal year, the Czech project Ours or Foreign? Jews in the Czech 20th Century delivered materials and training to 600 educators. 
  • 2015: Martin Smok teaches course on testimony and oral history at Lauder Jewish School in Prague.
  • 2015: Teaching with Testimony in the 21st Century program; more applicants than any other year.
  • 2015: ITeach at Brno branch of Jewish Museum of Prague's Education Center.
  • 2014: IWalks launched for Brno and Prague.
  •  2014: Czech Teaching with Testimony graduate uses testimony to discover unknown labor camp.
  • 2014: Teaching with Testimony, General Outreach, YVS, Jewish Museum and Terezin mutual teacher outreach project.
  • 2014: Presentation for teachers; part of the mutual outreach project with Jewish Museum of Prague, Yad Vashem and Terezin memorial, co-organized by PANT and the Ostrava Museum. 
  • 2013: In partnership with the Jewish Museum in Prague Naši nebo cizí? Židé v českém 20. století (Ours or Foreign? Jews in Czech 20th Century).
  • 2013: Teaching with Testimony in the Twenty-First Century, a professional development workshop in Prague for Czech educators.
  • 2013: Teaching with Testimony in the Twenty-First Century, follow-up workshop in Hlucin for Czech educators.
  • 2013: Two-day teacher training seminar completed for 45 teachers in Silesia, in collaboration with ModernHistory.cz/PANT o.s. 
  • 2013: Presentation at the annual gathering of the Czechoslovak Jewish Emigrés.
  • 2013: Presentation and IWitness workshop for participants in the Summer Teacher School of ModernHistory.cz and PANT o.s.
  • 2013: Visual History Archve content presentation for the newly created African studies department at the West Bohemian University in Plzeň conducted upon their request.
  • 2013: Presentation at a Summer Teacher School of the Terezin Initiative and the Jewish Museum of Prague, showcasing the VHA, our educational approaches to testimony and IWitness.
  • 2013: Academy of Sciences panel; Oral history, visual oral history, definition of Nationhood, memory, stereotypes, prejudice, national construct, enemy construct.
  • 2013: Presentation for the government invited group of Ukrainian and Belorussian educators interested in methods of Czech educational system
  • 2013: Educational Center of the Jewish Museum in Prague showcased Visual History Archive content relevant for documentation of the history of Jewish presence in the city of Kralovske Vinohrady, reaching 60 educators.
  • 2013: Visual History Archive content presentation for the newly created African Studies Department at the West Bohemian University, 66 educators reached.
  • 2013: Holocaust and Regional History lecture at annual teacher seminar at Karlovy Vary, former Sudetenland, Czech Republic.
  • 2013: Holocaust and Regional History lecture at annual teacher seminar Ostrov nad Ohři, former Sudetenland, Czech Republic.
  • 2013: Holocaust and Regional History lecture at annual teacher seminar In Pilsen.
  • 2012: Lecture at the Malach Center for Visual History presentation to students of Eurošola in Ceska Lipa.
  • 2012: Slansky Trail and its Echoes teacher training conference organized by the Jewish Museum in Prague.
  • 2012: Education initiative in partnership with the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes in Prague (USTR).
  • 2012: Teaching with Testimony in the Twenty-First Century, a professional development workshop in Prague for Czech educators.
  • 2012: USC Shoah Foundation provided a workshop on using testimony to the annual teacher-training seminar of the Jewish Museum of Prague.
  • 2012: Experts from Yad Vashem, the Educational Center of the Jewish Museum of Prague, the Terezín Memorial, and USC Shoah Foundation partnered with local activists to showcase the educational materials and other resources made available by their organizations. The traveling seminar visited the cities of Ústí nad Labem, Klášterec nad Ohří, and Varnsdorf in the Czech borderlands.
  • 2011: USC Shoah Foundation provided a full-day workshop on ethical editing for participants in an offline Czech student project in Ceska Lipa. Divided into groups, 20 students of a local high school created short documentary films based on Czech-language testimonies from the Visual History Archive.
  • 2011: USC Shoah Foundation ran two half-day workshops including practical demonstrations of local testimony potential in education within the framework of Holocaust in Education, the annual international seminar of Terezín Memorial.
  • 2011: USC Shoah Foundation participated in several teacher training seminars on using videotaped testimony in education held at the Malach Center for Visual History.
  • 2010: USC Shoah Foundation participated in several teacher-training workshops at the Malach Center for Visual History, the new local access point to the Visual History Archive at Charles University in Prague (February).

Academic Programming

  • 2013: Participated in annual series of seminars about the Holocaust and regional history organized by Yad Vashem, Jewish Museum in Prague, and the Terezin Memorial. 
  • 2012: USC Shoah Foundation provided a workshop on using locally relevant testimony in education at a teacher-training seminar in Chomutov organized by the Jewish Museum of Prague.
  • 2012: USC Shoah Foundation provided a one-day module focused on the content of the Visual History Archive and use of testimony, but also the filmmaking aspect of taking testimony and using testimony in a documentary film. Held at the Film Studies Department of the Philosophical Faculty of Charles University in Prague.
  • 2011: USC Shoah Foundation participated in an expert Czech-German meeting on using oral history in education, organized by the German-based EVZ Foundation (Erinnerung, Verantwortung und Zukunft) Remembrance, Responsibility and Future.
  • 2010: Visual History Archive and local content presentation at the Kurt-Schubert-Institute of Jewish Studies at the Philosophical Faculty of Palacký University in Olomouc.
  • 2009: USC Shoah Foundation participated in Holocaust in Education, the annual international seminar of Terezín Memorial, presenting the final version of multimedia lessons and in-house workshops.
  • 2009: USC Shoah Foundation presented its methodology at the expert roundtable on Memory of the Holocaust held at the Kurt-Schubert-Institute of Jewish Studies at the Philosophical Faculty of Palacký University in Olomouc.
  • 2008: USC Shoah Foundation participated in Holocaust in Education, the annual international seminar of Terezín Memorial, presenting first results of the partnership and showcasing the USC SF methodology and the potential for future work.
  • 2007: USC Shoah Foundation participated in Holocaust in Education, the annual international seminar of Terezín Memorial. The seminar marked the beginning of the Shoah Foundation’s long-term partnership with Terezín Memorial aimed at creating multimedia lessons based on the Visual History Archive content.

Conferences and Workshops

  • 2015: Martin Šmok introduced the Visual History Archive at a conference organized by the PANT Civic Association in Ostrava. 
  • 2015: Presentation of USC Shoah Foundation and IWitness at PANT civic association's annual conference for educators Even Silence is a Lie.
  • 2015: USC Shoah Foundation participates in conference at Malach Center for Visual History to mark its 5th anniversary as Visual History Archive full access site.
  • 2013: Conference at Academy of Sciences in Prague on Jewish Museum in Prague's educational project Ours or Foreign? Jews in the Czech 20th Century. The project consists of regional teacher trainings and gradual educational resource creation examining life of a minority, attitudes towards refugees and prejudice against the backdrop of 20th century. Included in Ours or Foreign?’s educational resources are 33 clips from testimonies of Czech Holocaust survivors from USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive.
  • 2011: USC Shoah Foundation presented at the 4th annual conference Even Silence is a Lie dedicated to Modern History teaching, organized by PANT o.s. in Ostrava. 
  • 2011: USC Shoah Foundation participated in the Malach Center Anniversary conference.
  • 2011: USC Shoah Foundation organized a workshop at Summer School of Modern History in Ostrava.
  • 2010: USC Shoah Foundation participated in Holocaust in Education, the annual international seminar of Terezín Memorial.
  • 2010: USC Shoah Foundation participated in the XVI International Oral History Conference in Prague, Czech Republic, titled Between Past and Future: Oral History, Memory and Meaning.

Additional work in Czech Republic

  • 2016: Martin Smok gives presentation on testimonies of refugees at U.S. Embassy in Prague.
  • 2015: Testimony clips included in Auschwitz Album photography exhibit at the House of Photography at the Prague City Gallery.
  • 2015: Testimony clips included in exhibit Shattered Hopes: Postwar Czechoslovakia as a Crossroads of Jewish Life at Jewish Museum in Prague.
  • 2014: Testimony clips included in exhibit The Orient in Bohemia at Jewish Museum in Prague.
  • 2014: Testimony clips included in exhibit Traces of Jewish Presence in Prague 2 at New Town Townhall and touring schools in Prague district 2.