Teaching Materials - Films
The film Walter Goldberg, Ein U-Boot in der Steiermark, (A Hidden Child in Styria)
is about a young boy from Graz who survived the Shoah by hiding among Catholic farmers in the countryside. The film (in German) was especially produced for classroom use. The DVD can be ordered here.
High School Lesson Plan:
Lernen über das Novemberpogrom 1938 anhand des Lebens des Zeitzeugen Walter Goldberger. Lehrplan von Mag. Robert Kozak, Lehrer für Geschichte, AHS Graz International Bilingual School, Graz/Österreich
Other CENTROPA films dealing with Jewish life and interfaith relations in southeastern Europe:
The Kalefs were one of the Belgrade's oldest families, and could trace their roots back more than 300 years. When the Nazis swept into Serbia in 1941, that came to an end.
While scores of relatives were being shot and gassed, Dona Bat Kalef fled with her two daughters, Breda and Matilda, to a Catholic church in Banovo Brdo. "Can you protect us?" she asked the priest. Father Andrej Tumpej did indeed save Dona and her daughters, and this film tells their story.
Survival in Sarajevo: Friendship in a Time of War
During the Bosnian war (1992-1995), the Jewish community of Sarajevo refused to take sides, opened their own humanitarian aid agency inside the city's synagogue, and were soon joined by their Muslim, Croat and Serbian friends. While outside of the besieged Bosnian capital, nationalist politicians swore these ethnic groups could not get along, here's a group of people who never got the memo. An inspiring story of friendship and commitment.
Guler Orgun : A Turkish – Jewish – Muslim Tale
In the traditional Ladino language of her Sephardic Jewish ancestors, Güler Orgun tells us how her family found a new home in the Ottoman Empire after being expelled from Spain in the late 15th century. We learn why her parents converted to Islam, and how Güler herself later came to find her Jewish roots again - before she married a Muslim man.