ESJF educational projects underway in Slovakia
ESJF has begun its educational outreach to schools in Slovakia. On October 7th, 2019, the head of the Holocaust Documentation Center in Bratislava, Dr. Jan Hlavinka, led students of two schools in the eastern Slovakian town of Humenné on an excursion to the local Jewish cemetery.
Students from Gymnázium arm.gen. Ludvika Svobodu and elementary school Základná škola Dargovských hrdinov were given a lecture on the Jewish history of their town. During the cemetery visit that followed, they were joined by Mr. Juraj Levický, representing the Jews of Humenné. The excursion, which was meant to bring students closer to local Jewish heritage, also attracted the interest of reporters from the local television station of Humenné (Humenská televízia).
These projects introduce students Jewish history of their home region and its Jewish material heritage. The on-site cemetery visits further serve to de-mystify Jewish burial places. Educators are also targeted through ESJF’s educational program. They are given information and tools to teach about Jewish culture and history, which they can then pass on to their students. In Slovakia, a teacher training seminar for seven educators took place in Bardejov on 12 – 13th September, 2019.
Further educational projects in Slovakia will be held in the towns of Medzilaborce, Bardejov, Presov, and Snina in October and November 2019.