A Czech Waldorf School and Room 28

A German-Czech Cooperation

In Terezin, site of the former Jewish Ghetto, a committed team of teachers and supporters have founded Svobodná základní škola, o.p.s., an independent elementary school based on Waldorf education. Presently the school consists of three classes with 45 children. For the first two years since 2015 it has been housed in the Terezin primary school. Since August 2017 classes are nbeing hold at the premises of the primary school in Třebušin, a small town about 40 km away from Terezin. Their dream is to establish a Waldorf School in Terezin.

Children attending the Waldorf school and their teachers

The Waldorf School's central idea

A central idea of the initiators of Svobodná základní škola is to help Terezin and its inhabitants to heal the wounds that have been felt everywhere in this town since 1945, when the Jewish Ghetto was liberated and the former residents returned back home. The school offers a comprehensive and value-based education that will promote tolerance, solidarity and an understanding of the importance of history, memory and identity. It wants to highlight the importance of art, culture and creativity. The initiators seek international partnerships and wish to contribute to the revival of a town which is still affected by its traumatic history.

Common vision

Room 28 and Svobodná základní škola have become partners. We want to support their vision as it corresponds to our vision: to give the exhibition The Girls of Room 28 a permanent home. Once the preconditions have been fulfilled, the exhibition will be newly designed to suit the space requirements and meet the standards and aspirations of all  involved.

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