Studies show that young people’s knowledge of Jews and the Holocaust comes mainly from the Internet and school. In addition to popular anti-Semitism, hate speech that is common on the Internet reinforces anti-Semitic attitudes and conduct. At the same time, information about the history of Jews and the Holocaust is not provided properly in a local context in education, and this means that young people do not have an opportunity to revise harmful stereotypes.
Under the project, awareness-raising workshops will be held to give young people at school from small towns (up to 30,000 inhabitants) more detailed information about Jewish culture and history and increase sensitivity of participants to issues such as anti-Semitism and xenophobia. In addition to workshops, projects will be conducted aimed at local communities. When working on a project with assistance from qualified Dialogue Forum coaches, young people will attempt to discover their own town’s history and understand that before the war it was inhabited by a Jewish community that disappeared forever during the Holocaust.
Due to the information and skills obtained, young people at 30 schools will take measures by themselves to restore the memory of the local, multicultural heritage, forming attitudes of openness towards differences and pluralism in their communities. Over a period of 20 months of the project, approximately 600 pupils will take part, who will reach a minimum of 3 000 residents of local communities through open activities and information in the conventional and online media.