Seminars

From the classically arranged programmed described, today there is a marked trend towards more active and creative programmes that emphasise independent activity. In small groups led by a teacher, participants work on particular themes in the study rooms, in the exhibitions and in the field, presenting the results of their research at the end of the course. This approach is particularly interesting for children, especially as they themselves thereby contribute to the programme; they study prepared books, copies of documents, photographs or video sequences that easily introduce them to the fates of people who belonged to a nation that only a few decades ago was marked for destruction. Seminars for adults have undergone a similar development since they were first introduced in 1993, and these are now held primarily for teachers both from the Czech Republic and abroad. A new feature among the events offered in the year 2000 was a three-day seminar for teachers and educational staff held under the auspices of the Czech Ministry of Education. The programme entitled “How to teach the Holocaust” has also been prepared for 2001 by the Education department of the Terezín Memorial, in conjunction with the Cultural Centre of the Jewish Museum in Prague and the Museum of Romany Culture in Brno. Similar events for teachers are held every year at an international level, too.