Third Regional Seminar on Human Rights Held in Čakovec, Croatia

Čakovec, a small city in the north of Croatia, was a good host for the 50 teachers that attended several activities during “3rd regional seminar on human rights” on the 22nd to 24th May, marking 70 years since the transportation of Jews from Medjimurje County to Auschwitz. The event, organised by EUROCLIO member the Association for Education and Human Rights Promotion (AEHRP) and was held under the title “Where was the man” and involved a visit to the international exhibition ‘Anne Frank – A History forToday’, a full day of lectures and workshops relating to civic education and human rights, and finally a study visit to Mauthausen memorial museum.

The main seminar day on the 23rd began with the presentation of Miljenko Hajdarović introducing the civic education curriculum and explain the great potential correlation with history. Petra Vidovic, on behalf of the Goethe Institute in Zagreb, presented the project “Double burden”.  Goran Hutinec presented the work about the new Croatian exhibition that is prepared in Museum Auschwitz. The roundtable discussion „Religion during the Holocaust” hosted Rabin Kotel Da-Don (Beth Israel, Zagreb), Slobodan Lalic (Serbian Orthodox Church), Mevludi Arslani (Islamic Community in Croatia) and Branimir Bunjac (Varazdin Catholic Diocese). Tvrtko Pater and Maja Nenadović did a workshop presenting training methods from Anne Frank House with the help of students from Cakovec High School and other participants. Senior Advisor Loranda Miletic (Education and Teacher Training Agency) held a lecture on the strategy of teaching about the Holocaust and gave very specific instructions how to work in the classroom. In the end, Daniel Vojak gave an interesting lecture about the suffering of the Roma during the Second World War and with this announced the topic of the next seminar.

The event concluded on Saturday the 24th when 33 teachers traveled for several hours to the Austrian town of Mauthausen. Mauthausen Memorial Museum granted free guided tour for the first Croatian teacher group visiting their complex. At first groups held a short briefing and had chosen 5-6 photos of the camp that seemed interesting for them. Then they explored the camp looking for places on photograph. In that way each group had a different tour through camp, learning a great deal about its history. The evaluation on the end clearly showed that the topics, lecturers and field trip were very well chosen and successful.