14th International
Centropa Summer Academy

20th Century history, the Holocaust and Civil Society in The Global Classroom
International workshop for educators from the USA, Israel and Europe

It will likely come as no surprise that we must, with great disappointment and for the first time ever, announce that we are canceling this year’s Summer Academy in Vienna due to the Covid19 pandemic. Centropa staff in Vienna, Budapest, Hamburg and Bremen, and Washington, DC, are all isolating at home, and there is simply no way—with funding cuts and the uncertain timeline for when life will return to normal—we can realistically plan and carry out a seven day trip to Vienna for teachers from 17 countries.

 

 

In the meantime, we are producing several content-specific websites in the coming months that we hope you will be able to use in your remote lessons, or whenever you begin to plan for next year.

 

 

We will miss seeing and traveling with our wonderful teachers this summer, and we urge everyone to stay home if you can, sending warm wishes that our supporters, teachers, students, and everyone’s loved ones are healthy and safe in these challenging times.

What teachers are saying about the CSA 

“Centropa Summer Academy is a once in a lifetime trip. It is an educator’s dream: learning, collaborating, planning and resources. The Summer Academy was a place for me to meet teachers from around the world to see a different perspective of education and a variety of topics.” — Megan Kelly Houston, TX, USA

“For me, participating in the Summer Academy is one of the most important events of recent times. A true teacher is always learning. And participation in this conference is an invaluable opportunity to exchange experiences, learn new knowledge, techniques, and teaching materials.” — Marina Konstantinova Odessa, Ukraine

“I think almost every teacher attending CSA 2019 would agree that meeting the Kindertransport survivors was the most unforgettable experience that we had during the week. I really wish everyone had the opportunity to talk to Holocaust survivors, as the wisdom these people have is not something we can reproduce. We as teachers can teach whatever we want with whatever methods, even 100 lessons would not be able to give as much as a meeting like this can. I will be forever grateful for Centropa for providing us this opportunity.” — Eszter Minich Budapest, Hungary

“I loved the CSA because its focus was not on feeding me a lot of information to memorize but on providing me with an experience I will never forget. Through the CSA activities and people I met there, I developed a better understanding of the Jewish people and the devastating events of the 20th century. Before, this section of history and its people were far away, now they are close to home and I call people who have experienced the consequences firsthand my friends.” — Taci Allen Prosperity, SC, USA

“Before the CSA I thought that the Holocaust is much more important for Jewish educators, but after the CSA I know that it’s a subject that is important for different people, from different countries, who are passionate with making the world a better place.” — Michal Pozin-Gabai Nes Ziona, Israel

 

Highlights

Exploring Vienna’s unique history through guided walking tours, and visiting sites such as the Jewish Museum, the Military History Museum and the House of Austrian History
 
Learning from internationally-renowned historians and journalists, politicians and civil society experts about Austrian-Jewish history, the Holocaust, and how countries deal with their pasts
 
Working together to design classroom projects with an exceptional group of international educators, all dedicated to teaching the Holocaust and 20th century European history in dynamic ways
 
Visiting the former slave labor camp of Mauthausen, followed by a reflection session with the education team
 
Meeting with members of Cafe Centropa, the Holocaust survivors interviewed by Centropa
 
Shabbat service at the Vienna Stadt Temple, a neo-classical synagogue built in the 1820s

Contact Us

+43 1 4090 971
office@centropa.org