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


The program consists of three parts:

- screening of the film Run Boy Run
- 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.


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.


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.

Terence Pike was appointed UNHCR (( Representative in the Republic of Croatia in 2011. Born in Zimbabwe, graduate from the University of Zimbabwe, Institute of Social Studies and the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands and after a six year legal career he joined UNHCR in Swaziland in 1992.

In service of the world’s foremost humanitarian organization, the UNHCR, Pike worked as protection officer in some of the most troubling displacement areas in the world. Ethiopia, Hong Kong in China, Indonesia, South Africa, Papua New Guinea, Zambia, Pakistan, Sudan, Tanzania, Kenya and Malawi were Pike’s duty stations before his appointment as Representative in Croatia.



Run Boy Run

Germany/Netherlands, 2013, director: Pepe Danquart, 102 min

Run Boy Run is the true story of Jurek (8), who escapes from the Warsaw ghetto, then manages to survive in the woods, disguising himself as a Polish orphan. He encounters people who will betray him for a reward or try to kill him, and he meets those, who will do and risk almost everything to help him. Jurek’s resilience is put to the ultimate test, when an accident cripples him. But he struggles on against all odds. Eventually the Russians reach his area and he even finds a family where he could stay. Yet he is betrayed again, and a young man from a Jewish orphanage forcefully tries to bring Jurek back to his people and his faith. As Jurek revisits his hometown and his abandoned home, we find out that the inner voice that has kept him hanging on over the years, is in fact the voice of his father