Educational Morning, an educational program that has been developing since 2009, had a special digital edition as part of the Dialogy platform of the Festival of Tolerance. Over the years, the Educational Mornings have been attended by more than 35,000 students and their professors from six different countries in the wider region, and primary and secondary school students have a rare and unique opportunity to study the Holocaust and other genocides through a series of exceptional programs with Holocaust survivors and foreign experts.
November is the month that marks the anniversary of Crystal Night, namely on the night of November 9-10, 1938, the mass persecution of Jews in what was then Germany began. Lecturers Marina Chernivsky (cover photo) and Jasminka Domaš focused on the situation in Europe, Germany and Croatia today, on the life and work of Jewish communities, but also on the phenomenon of anti-Semitism, which is on the rise worldwide and in Europe.
Marina Chernivsky is a psychologist and behaviorist whose field of research is anti-Semitism and discrimination. She is the head of the Center of Competence for the Prevention and Empowerment of the Jewish Community and the president of the association and counseling center for victims of anti-Semitism and discrimination OFEK. As part of the Educational Morning, she spoke about the positive aspects of Jewish life in Germany, the organization of life outside Jewish communities, politicization, art and culture, and the prevention of anti-Semitism.
Jasminka Domaš is an award-winning Croatian writer, journalist and scientist. She teaches Judaism at the theological faculties of the University of Zagreb. For her research work, she has received several awards from the world's most important Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem, Yad Vashem, as well as the Israeli Museum of Fighters from the Warsaw Ghetto. She is one of the founders of the Jewish religious community Bet Israel in Croatia. For several years she was an active member of the World Conference of Religions for Peace and a participant in numerous peace forums in Croatia and abroad. In her presentation, she spoke about the harmfulness of prejudice against Jews, the source of which is ignorance of the Jewish faith, culture and history, and about anti-Semitism of recent times. She also spoke about the current Jewish daily life in our country.
The educational morning was followed by more than 450 students and their teachers from 15 Croatian high schools through the Dialogy platform.
The program was organized in cooperation with the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Croatia, and was created as part of the manifestation of 1700 years of Jewish life in Germany.
Dialogy is an educational platform that in the school year 2021/2022 is supported by the City of Zagreb, the Ministry of Science and Education and The Active Citizens Fund.