Within the programme of 2009 Jewish Film Festival Zagreb, there is a special project related to teaching young people about the Holocaust, called “Educational Mornings”. The aim of the educational program is to introduce the tragedy of Holocaust to young generations and encourage them to develop tolerance. Through discussions and exchange of views, young people will understand that the acceptance of diversity and respect for the different is the only appropriate way to live in the modern world.
Jews, as a community that suffered the most during the Second World War, is obliged, due to the misfortune its members lived through, to continuously and always teach young people about the evil, never to happen again, and about the richness in variety that may create a better, more tolerant and pleasant world. This is an obligation towards millions of lives that were lost because of insane ideas of an era in recent history. Our Educational Mornings are an attempt to recover their dignity and pass on their messages. We had 3500 students participating in this program by today.
Within the upcoming festival, we organize two educational mornings, on 23 May and 26 May 2011. The first Educational morning will be held by Mr. Frank Stern, an impeccable authority in the field of studying and teaching about the Holocaust. Lectures will be held for high school and social faculties students. Educational programs will be interactive with the screening followed by discussion. The second Educational morning, intended for students of higher grades of primary schools will be held by Mr. Branko Lustig, a double Academy Award winner for Schindler’s List and Gladiator. As a part of the Educational morning will be screened an educational film followed by discussion and Mr. Lustig´s story about his own experiences and courage, and the necessity of understanding of diversity and tolerance.
Educational mornings are recognized, within the meaning of time and space, as the farthest reaching programme of the Contemporary Jewish film Festival in Zagreb, therefore it is to be expected that the idea it promotes, the idea of humanism and tolerance, would become widespread equally.