Centropa is a Jewish historical institute dedicated to preserving 20th century Jewish family stories from Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans, and working with teachers to use those stories to engage their students in conversations about history, civics, and ethics.
Since 2000, Centropa has interviewed 1,200 elderly Jews in Central and Eastern Europe, as well as digitalized more than 22,000 of their family photographs. These materials are today available and searchable on our website. Using our stories, we create short multimedia films and exhibitions perfect for classroom use, and work with educators in over 500 schools in 18 countries.
About the Centropa Summer Academy (CSA)
Each summer, we bring together more than 80 educators from 15 countries to the great cities of Europe. During our intense 7-day program, we use the city as our classroom as well as the stories we collected to learn about history and its implications for us today. The core of the CSA is the active participation of teachers, who share their experiences and good practices with each other, and work on lesson plans and cross-border projects together.
This year, the Centropa Summer Academy will take place in Berlin, 5-12 July.
To view our preliminary program, click here.
Who can apply?
Applications for the CSA are open for teachers and educators in Europe, US and Israel. Teachers from all levels of the school system are welcome to apply, as well as educators from other educational institutions such as museums. We welcome teachers who have already been in contact with us, as well as those who are new to Centropa.
What are the costs of the CSA?
Teachers from Europe and Israel: We cover all your costs during the Centropa Summer Academy, including your hotel, meals, travel and transportation costs, and program. The only thing you have to pay for yourself is a 50€ registration fee, the rides to/from airports, and meals on free evenings (4-5). The fee you only have to pay after we announced that your application has been accepted. Special scholarships are available for those who can not afford to pay this fee.
Teachers from the US and Canada: we estimate the total cost of the trip will be $3,500, including air fare. While we do our best to raise funds to cover as many of the costs for teachers as possible, we ask that you search for funds, as well. Private school teachers: we ask that your school cover as much of the trip cost as possible and, minimally, your air fare. Public school teachers: we will do our best to find funding for your trip, and ask that you help find funding from your PTA, school, local organizations, or teacher fellowships. All participants must pay a 100 USD registration fee, cover rides to/from airports, and meals on free evenings (4-5). The fee you only have to pay after we announced that your application has been accepted. Special scholarships are available for those who can not afford to pay this fee.
In return to the free CSA experience, we expect you to take part in the whole program actively, use our materials upon your return home, and share the lesson plans you created with us.
Meet Centropa’s team for the Summer Academy 2018
Edwards Serotta is the founding director of Centropa. He is a journalist, photographer and filmmaker specializing in Jewish life in Central and Eastern Europe. Born in Savannah, Georgia, Edward has worked in Central Europe since 1985, has published three books, and contributed to Time Magazine, The L.A.Times, The Washington Post, and other outlets.
As for the CSA, Edward uses his vast personal experience, connections and ideas to make sure that the Summer Academy is a unique and unforgettable learning experience for each participant.
Fabian Rühle is our European Education Director, developing materials and running seminars for teachers all over Europe. He is also our liaison for European governments and foundations, and he coordinates our fundraising in Europe. In 2015, he opened our Germany office and is now based in Hamburg.
During the CSA, he is responsible for the program, educational content, and finances.
Dr. Lauren Granite directs our US educational programs. Since 2010 she has been building our network of Jewish day and congregational schools; expanding into public, parochial and charter schools; running workshops and seminars; mentoring teachers; writing lessons and projects; and establishing teacher advisory teams to advise us about Centropa curricula.
During the CSA, she is responsible for the program, educational content, and the participants of the United States.
Ouriel is a photographer located in Vienna, Austria. He studied multimedia and film production in Paris and at NYU. He’s specialized in high-end event photography and reportage photography and is currently working on his second exhibit about the Jewish community of Vienna. He will be responsible for documenting the CSA.
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