The program is intended for elementary school pupils (7th and 8th grades) and secondary school pupils (1st grades).

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The program consists of three parts:

- screening of the film Wunderkinder
- Branko Lustig’s lecture about his experiences from the notorious concentration camps and the importance of tolerance, respect for others and acceptance of diversity and the lecture of Mr. Terence Pike, UNHCR Representative in Croatia
- discussion with the pupils

We invite you to be a part of this exceptional lecture and, through the participation in discussion, contribute to spreading the tolerance and acceptance of diversity. This program is free of charge.

ABOUT THE LECTURER

Branko Lustig is the most famous cultural ambassador of Croatia in the world and the winner of numerous awards for film production (including two Academy Awards, for the films “Schindler’s List” and “Gladiator”). Other major Hollywood films that Lustig has worked on as a producer or executive producer include “The Peacemaker”, “Hannibal”, and “Black Hawk Down”. For many years he has worked in Hollywood as an active participant of the Academy’s Commission for Oscar Nominations and Awards. He began his career as an assistant director at Jadran film, and participated in almost all foreign film productions in the former Republic of Yugoslavia. In the Unites States he has worked with prominent directors such as Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott and others. In June 2009, Mr. Lustig received an honorary doctorate of the University of Zagreb for his outstanding contribution to film industry and worldwide promotion of Croatian film. He is a lecturer at the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb, at the department of Production. He also holds lectures, on the topics of Holocaust and tolerance, to pupils and students all across Croatia.

ABOUT THE LECTURE

Branko Lustig will hold a lecture on his own experiences from Nazi concentration camps, and from his own rich life experience stresses the message about the necessity of forgiveness and love for others others, as well as the need to respect each human being. In order for society, and especially younger generations, to learn about the Holocaust and this tragic epoch of human history, one needs to know how to approach them. Precisely for the purpose of teaching today’s children about the atrocities of WWII concentration camps, Branko Lustig has been tireless in retelling his experiences from the camps; about the horrors that must not happen ever again. Learning and remembering must not cease. It is learning and remembering that need to serve as a warning to future generation, because that is the only way to prevent such injustices to occur again. That is the message of Branko Lustig’s lectures.

ABOUT THE FILM

Wunderkinder
Germany, 2011, director: Markus Rosenmüller, 96 min

“Wunderkinder” tells a story of musically unusually talented children developing a deep and genuine friendship extending beyond their different religions and nationality. But when WWII comes to the Soviet Union, they and their families face a deadly threat. The protagonists, the Jewish children Larissa and Abrascha, are violin virtuosos. Hanna, a young German girl, is also extremely talented. Living in Poltava, then the Ukraine, in 1941, they all share one great love: music. Their world is one of curiosity, joy and talent. But due to the insanity of grown-ups at home and abroad, their world is turned upside down and they are suddenly told they are no longer allowed to be friends! “Wunderkinder”’s universal themes make the film timeless.