In today's era of the Internet, we all need to be very careful when discerning what is the truth and what is a lie, said Holocaust survivor Vesna Domani Hardy to the young audience at the Educational Morning organized as part of the Festival of Tolerance. The elementary and secondary school students gathered in the full Student Center cinema were particularly struck by the horrific story of her family that was murdered during the Holocaust. “It is incredibly important to me to talk about this so it never happens again. Stories like this always bring up very painful feelings in me, and this one has additionally opened up my eyes”, said Ivor Šošić, a 7th grade student.
The horrors of the Holocaust were also discussed after the screening of the film Murer – Anatomy of a Trial, which documents the trial of the so-called Butcher of Vilnius, responsible for the execution of several dozens of thousands of Jews. Answering audience questions after the screening, Director Christian Frosch said he began exploring the story after finding out about a war criminal who managed to get off scot-free. I got the impression that all those involved in the crimes wanted to be forgotten, including Murer himself, but with this film I wanted to show that such crimes cannot and will not be forgotten, pointed out Frosch.
Another horrific crime was the subject of Tuesday’s Toleranc Talk. After the screening of the documentary film Reconstructing Utoya, which deals with the massacre committed by Anders Breivik in Norway, the participants discussed how trauma is faced. Psychiatrists Miro Jakovljević and Hrvoje Maleković and psychotherapist Marijana Senjak concluded that it is important to be able to recover from the trauma and return to the previous state. "Any honest human engagement has a therapeutic effect. It is important to find a sense of meaning in one’s life, and the next step in recovery is admitting that one has suffered. It is important for victims to feel accepted in their community", said Marijana Senjak.