Reflections from Past Participants...

  • What I found most valuable was that we were learning about Terezin in Terezin.

                            LUKÁŠ LIPKA, STUDENT, GYMNAZIUM PŘIBRAm CZECH REPUBLIC

  • The participants formed a magical bond. We laughed together, cried, held each other, learned from each other and taught each other. I believe that, in 50 years when our looks have totally changed, our bones would tingle if we passed each other on the street. And we would remember and know.               

Steffi Dellner, Student, International School of Brussels

  • Listening to Terezin survivor Ela Weissberger’s story was the most valuable part of the Festival.  Our generation may be the last to have the opportunity to meet survivors and hear them tell their stories

          Sharon Young, Student, The American School of the Hague, The Netherlands                                                      

  • The extraordinary combination of the arts with such a sad and difficult issue as the Holocaust taught me to look at World War II from a different point of view – a more human, more personal one.  The losses suddenly became real, the numbers became human lives with stories. . .the whole Festival is so powerful.

             Petra Kňazeová, Student, Gymnazium Jura Hronca, Bratislava, Slovakia

  • Terezin has been a life-changing time for me. I look at life differently now. All the people who survived and died here are now a part of me. Thank you.

                           Kate Glasgow, Student, International School of Brussels

  •  This trip had a great influence in my life and I believe that this Festival will help me stay on the right track in my life.

Jun Song, Student, American School of Warsaw

  •    I’ve gained a further respect and admiration for the people who were in Terezin and how they persevered through art, drama, music, etc.  The experience made a big impact on my students and built their confidence as student leaders.

            Beth Jones, Humanities/English Teacher, Head of English Department, Vistamar School, El Segundo, CA

  •  The Festival has reaffirmed and reinvigorated my attitudes towards learning and teaching and the importance of the arts in the world. The experience went beyond our expectations and helped empower our students in ways they did not expect.

Chris Kent, Teacher, Vistamar School, El Segundo, CA

  • Facing the reality of what happened here and finding what we can do to make sure it never happens again was hard to do. But I now have a different outlook on the world and where we come from because of this Festival.

Hannah Anderson, Student, Vistamar School, El Segundo, CA

  •  The sense of community was what I found most valuable.  It has made me more confident to take risks.

                        Sarah McNeil, Student, The American School of The Hague, The Netherlands

  • The Festival made me understand how close we are to each other.  It doesn’t matter where we live or what colour we have on our skin.  Deep inside we are all the same.

Jacob Ghazi, Student (Swedish/Iranian), Eriksbergsskolan, Uppsala, Sweden

  • What I found most valuable was that each day we worked with different people so we had to learn how to collaborate.

                               Eliška Hrochová, Student, Gymnazium Sedlčany, Czech Republic