Presentations, Lessons and Videos

In this section we collect the presentations, lesson plans and videos which have been shown and created during the CSA.

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CSA Presentations

Each year we invite experts – scholars, journalists, activists – to present to CSA participants, as well as veteran Centropa teachers who present their successful, classroom-tested lessons and projects. Below are PowerPoint slide decks and lessons presented during this year’s CSA.

Day 1. – July 5.

Introductory presentations to Centropa resources
The Missing House by Nina Sasportas

See the project film on the Centropa website:

The Conflict by Amos Raban

Download presentation: Amos Raban – The Conflict

Day 4. – July 8.

Panel discussion: “How do we teach the Cold War?”
Cold War taught in the US by Charles Vaughan

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Cold War taught in Israel by Amos Raban

Download presentation: Amos Raban – Teaching the Cold War in Israel

Day 5. – July 9.

Presentation after the screening of the newest film of Centropa, “Zahor – Remember”
Zahor – Remember by Michael Heitz and Alan Götz

The newest film of Centropa, Zahor – Remember, tells the story of Menachem Mayer and Fred Raymes, who grew up in the South German village of Hoffenheim in Baden Württemberg. The film is narrated by Ilay Elmkies, an Israeli teenager who plays for the TSG Hoffenheim youth soccer team. The presentation of Micahel Heitz and Alan Götz explains how this film has been used in class in Germany.

Download presentation: PPT_Zachor_Berlin_8.7.2018_new

Presentations of the “Marketplace of Ideas”
Crossing Borders Project by Phillip Goebbels

The goal of this lesson is to open the students’ eyes regarding possibilities and opportunities in crossing borders between religions.

Download presentation: Goebbels – CrossignBorderProject

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Teaching History by Alesia Golovko

Using the Centropa film, “Maps, Central Europe and History,” in this lesson high school students explore the changing borders of Europe.

Download presentation: Golovko, Alesia, Teaching History

Download lesson plan: Golovko, Alesia, lesson plan

Courageous People Project by Karolina Morton

Students work on the questions of “what is an act of moral courage” and “what is required to act courageously,” exploring the past and the present to discover courageous acts and/or courageous people.

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Roots History Project by Lowell Blackman

Students choose a family member or another person, and use modern technologies to create a film presenting the story of that person.

Presentation and lesson materials available on the Centropa website:

The Other Project by Jeffrey Ellison

Students in Chicago, Berlin, and Skopje explored minorities in each of their cultures.

Download presentation: Ellison, The Other Project

The Poem Project by Rina Lund

Students select a poet who lived during the Shoa and wrote poetry about it, research the poet’s biography, and then finds a Centropa interviewee who lived in similar surroundings (city ,town ,village) to compare.

Download lesson: Rina Lund, Poem Project lesson

The Conflict by Amos Raban

Teaching civics and 21st century skills in a multi-cultural society. Encouraging students to be proactive citizens and teachers to be proactive educators.

Download presentation: Amos Raban – The Conflict

Day 6. – July 10.

Presentation following the Centropa film “A bookstore in six chapters”.
Beautiful People by Evgenia Doulami

The presentation shows how the Centropa films on the Balkans, “A bookstore in six chapters” and “Three promises” can be used in elementary school.

Download presentation: Doulami, Beautiful people

Presentations following the Centropa film “Survival in Sarajevo”.
Survival in Sarajevo: the exhibition, by Marijan Misic

The presentation shows how the Survival in Sarajevo film and the accompanying exhibition has been used in education in Nis, Serbia.

Download presentation: Marijan Misic, Sarajevo in Serbia

Download lesson: Maijan Misic, Sarajevo in Serbia lesson

Beyond Boundaries by Jerome Price

The fourth and final unit Jerome Price teaches each year is entitled “A Nation Divided and Rebuilt.” The content begins with the events leading up to the American Civil War, moves to the actual fighting of the war, and ends with the period of Reconstruction. Specifically, this unit highlights the economic, political and social tension that ensued between the North and South throughout the mid to late 1800s. Though the harsh realities endured during the Bosnian War occurred over one hundred years later, Jerome pushes his historians to draw connections to the concepts of change and unity beyond difference.

Presentation and lesson available on the Centropa website:

From Sarajevo to Szolnok by László Tóth

As part of the Common Ground Project of Centropa, three Hungarian schools decided to work together and build a project around the Survival in Sarajevo film and exhibition. The students came from different backgrounds: from Budapest and the countryside, and there were Roma, Jews, and Muslims among them. Inspired by the story of Survival in Sarajevo, they visited each other’s schools, learned from each other, and presented the exhibition together during the official opening in the Israeli Cultural Institute.

Watch the fim created about this project on the Centropa website:

Day 7. – July 11.

Panel discussion: “How countries cope with their past”.
How countries cope with their past – the Polish case by Marzanna Pogorzelska

Download presentation: Dealing with the past – a Polish case

How I use Trans.History by Anna Olenenko

Download presentation: Olenenko_CSA2018

Elective Lesson Plans

Each CSA participant chose one topic to focus on during our time in Berlin, and almost every day they had time to work together in small groups or individually to create lessons and projects about that topic using the Centropa database and films, the German Jewish Source Book, and anything they learned while in Berlin. This year, the electives were: Teaching the Holocaust in the 21st Century, Interwar Europe, The Cold War, Civil Society, and our ever-popular Video elective. Below are the lessons the teachers created for these topics. Daniela Sterjova (Macedonia) and Damjan Snoj (Slovenia) organized the electives this year, and Karolina Morton (Poland) and Lowell Blackman (Israel) were additional coordinators.

Teaching the Holocaust in the 21st century

Children Among the Nations
Marina Anghel, Irit Aviad, Evgenia Doulami, Roy Nissim, Justin Pohlmann
Download lesson: Children Among the Nations

Holocaust – The Issue of the Past?
Amanda Lepore, Elizabeth Crespo, Nikola Mitic, Vesna Kostic, Bashir Akinyele, Robert Koneski
Download lesson: Holocaust – issue of the past

The attitude of the population in Nazi-occupied countries towards the Jews – The case of Bulgaria
Sophie Brantman, Katerina Aggistali, Aviva Berkovitz, IljoTrajkovski, Andrii Koshelnyk
Download lesson: The case of Bulgaria

The Other is Me
Yvonne Bromberg, Gretchen Gaskins, Maria Mavrokostidou, Bettina Pope
Download lesson: Lesson plan_ The other is me

“Dar Luz”: Separation of Children, Mothers and Fathers in Times of Conflict
Gina Higgins, Carina LaFleur, Yael Yishay, Charles Vaughan
Download lesson: Separation_ Parents and children lesson plan

Interwar Europe

A Blink on the Weimar Period – In and Outside Germany
Renáta Dezső
Download lesson: A Blink on the Weimar Period – In and Outside Germany

Awakening Lives
Tlalit Kitzoni
Download lesson: Awakening Lives

Culture in the Weimar Republic
Dragica Krajcir, Katarina Tesic, Magda Dimaki, Nikolina Marjanovic
Download lesson: Culture in the Weimar Republic

The personal narrative in post-modern literature
Jelena Kručičanin, Marijan Mišić
Download lesson: The personal narrative in post-modern literature

Cold War

Being a site-seeing scout in Berlin during the Cold War
Katrin Lang, Engin Arik, Niki Chrysou, Franz Günter Froneberg, Irena Paradzik Kovacic, Mihaela Arhip
Download lesson: Being a site-seeing scout in Berlin

Life in East Berlin During the Cold War
Danielle Bagonis, Jason Kramer, Yair Yovat, Funda Kara
Download lesson: Life in the East Berlin during the Cold War

Civil Society

The Civil Society and Me
Anna Olenenko, Dan Cristal, Daron Lee Calhoun, Hannah Strutzenberger, Jerome Price, Patricia Williams Lessane
Download lesson: The civil society and me

The Power of Diversity: Solidarity is Strength
Thomas Cochran, Oleksandra Golovko, Marek Kraszewski, John Neubauer, Dominika Pietrzykowska
Download lesson: The Power of Diversity_ Solidarity is Strength

Elective videos

Teachers sign up to take the video elective because they are interested in learning how to make a video – and boy do they! In 7 days they have a crash course in narrative storytelling, filmography, audio, and editing. Working together, or sometimes individually, the below videos represent an extraordinary amount of work within the 7 days of the CSA – including evenings and free time – as well as the mentoring and help of our video coordinator Alex Treyger (United States), and Centropa’s own talented filmmaker, Wolfi Els.

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