CHDR summer school: “Holocaust and genocide – impact on regional stability policy”

In August 2015 In Golubić (Obrovački) in the Republic of Croatia, the second summer school for students and activists of the NGO sector from Croatia and Serbia was organized by the Center for History, Democracy and Reconciliation.

Holocaust and genocide - impact on regional stability policy

The summer school “Holocaust and genocide – impact on regional stability policy” was organized for the second time in Golubić. The school was organized as part of an international scientific conference on Serbian-Croatian relations .

The summer school brought together students and activists of the non-governmental sector from Croatia and Serbia. It aimed to give the participants the opportunity to learn about the impact of the Holocaust and genocide on the politics of regional stability and reconciliation.

War crimes and historical injustices related to the Second World War, thanks to contemporary political elites, continue to affect the political relations of the two countries. A biased approach to the study of the mentioned topics and the willingness to manipulate them encourage intolerance and bigotry. The gathered lecturers presented the participants of the summer school with the means by which the mentioned issue can be approached impartially.

The foreign lecturers were Michael Miller from the Central European University and Claudia Lichnofsky from the Georg Eckert Institute. The lecturers from the region were: Darko Gavrilović from the University of Novi Sad, Davor Pauković from the University of Dubrovnik and Janko Veselinović from the University of Novi Sad.

The lectures included the following teaching units: Holocaust, genocide, development of regional stability policy in Croatia and Serbia and improvement of relations between Croatia and Serbia.

The CHDR summer school is a significant initiative that aims to bring together activists and students from Serbia and Croatia, two countries that have faced complex historical and political relations.

Through this school, the participants had the opportunity to get to know and understand each other better, as well as to acquire new knowledge and skills that will be useful in their future activism.

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