The Bardejov Holocaust Memorial doesn’t just honor the Jewish community in Bardejov, it can also serve as an educational space to make connections between the former Jewish community and current marginalized groups, to fight racism and combat xenophobia.
In November, elementary school students from Zborov who were of Roma descent visited the museum with educators who are volunteers for the global movement “Teach for All”. The group enlists educators in a two-year program teaching children in high-need areas and the activities positively impact the children in need.
During the Holocaust, the Roma were targeted and remain a minority group in Slovakia. Today, almost thirty percent of children who come from socially-excluded communities, such as the Roma community, do not have access to basic education.
November’s visit to the Holocaust Memorial had a special significance to the children as it gave them the opportunity to learn more about the Jewish history of their hometown Zborov, introducing them to a part of history they did not know and linking history with their current knowledge.
Slovak President Andrej Kiska is a strong supporter of the "Teach for All" program and has visited the Memorial in the past.