On 5 April a seminar for teachers “Presenting history topics at the museum” was held in Kaunas, in the Sugihara House – Museum.
The seminar took place in an authentic environment, in a house where the Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara lived in 1939-1940. The director of the Sugihara House – Museum, Simonas Davidavičius, told the history of the Sugihara family, introduced exhibitions in the museum and presented the history of Kaunas in a vivid way until World War II. The seminar was attended by a Serbian film director Simo Brdar, who told about Jasenovac concentration camp in Yugoslavia, where brutal killings took place during World War II. The Jasenovac death factory was founded in August of 1941 and operated until 22 April 1945. It is the largest concentration camp in the current territory of Croatia and it is the third in Europe after Auschwitz and Treblinka. The director showed a short film “And the God kept silent …”
Ingrida Vilkienė, a coordinator of educational programs, presented a CD from the Holocaust Museum in Washington with narrations of Holocaust witnesses, and shared ideas on the use of those video recordings in classroom and after school activities.
The seminar was organized by the Secretariat of the international commission for the evaluation of the crimes of the Nazi and Soviet occupation regimes in Lithuania together with the Sugihara Foundation Diplomats for Life.