The 13th Tolerance Festival continues with its Educational Mornings aimed at familiarizing young people with the tragedy of the Holocaust in a way that is understandable to them, through the medium of film and testimonies by persons who were, at their age, discriminated against and detained only because of their origin. This year’s Educational Mornings will show the short documentary animated film 5105, A Story of an Escape from Mauthausen, after which the students will get the chance to hear the first-hand experience of a Holocaust survivor, Vesna Domany Hardy.
Through the study of the Holocaust, students can understand the value of the need to foster and protect democratic values and understand the significance of tolerance. Through discussions and the exchange of opinions, young people realize that accepting diversity and respecting difference is the only acceptable way of life in the modern world. The value of the Educational Mornings is all the greater due to the fact that the number of living Holocaust survivors in Croatia is dwindling, with only a handful of those who talk to young people about their experiences.
The program, which traditionally receives the recommendation of the Ministry of Science and Education, has so far involved more than 25 thousand students from the entire Croatia and the wider region, and the Tolerance Festival recognizes nurturing young people as the most significant segment of the development of a democratic society, particularly in the present climate of increasing violence, discrimination and social injustice among young people.