Educational Mornings


The Educational Mornings in 2015 have already started with lectures in Ljubljana, Sisak and Čakovec.
During the 9th Festival of Tolerance, from 12- 18 April 2015, the Educational Mornings will be held on the topic of Holocaust and symbols of hatred.


“A survivor’s testimony”

April 14th, Tuesday / 11:00 / Europa Cinema

To educate young people about the Holocaust has become a major mission for the Festival of Tolerance.
Informing young people about the ideology of the exclusive way of thinking that led to terrible consequences for the whole world, today, seventy years later, becomes ever more important, as the Holocaust would not become fiction for the younger and future generations.

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


The program consists of three parts:

- screening of the film Belle and Sébastien;
- Lecture on of a personal experience of the notorious concentration camps and the importance of tolerance, respect for the other and acceptance of diversity;

- discussion with the pupils.

We invite you to take part in this exceptional lecture and, through the participation in discussion, contribute to the spreading of tolerance and acceptance of diversity.

This program is free of charge.


A lecture about a personal  experience of Nazi concentration camps, and a rich life experience stressing the message about the necessity of forgiveness and love for the other, 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 the topic. Precisely for the purpose of teaching today’s children about the atrocities of WWII and concentration camps, the survivors are tireless in retelling their experiences from the camps; about the horrors that must never happen again. Learning and remembering must never cease. It is learning and remembering that need to serve as a warning to future generations, because that is the only way to prevent such injustices to reoccur.


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 was 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.

Oleg Mandic, an 83-year-old from Opatija, was the last survivor who came out alive as 11-year-old boy from the infamous Auschwitz, the largest of the German death camps where more than two million people died. After Mr. Oleg was released from the camp, only dead prisoners remained. Mr. Oleg shares memories of the horrors of his seven-month stay in a concentration camp with pupils and students and this year, at the Educational morning along with the honorary president of the Festival of Tolerance, Branko Lustig, he will transfer his experiences from those notorious times and speak about understanding and love, so that new terrors never happen again.


Belle an Sébastien

France, 2013, directed by Nicolas Vanier, 95 min

Belle and Sébastien is set high in the snowy Alps during the Second World War. Resourceful Sébastien is a lonely boy who tames and befriends a giant, wild mountain dog, Belle – even though the villagers believe her to be ‘the beast’ that has been killing their sheep. At the same time, the Germans have arrived in the peaceful village looking for resistance members who are helping Jewish refugees escape to Switzerland. Through danger and adventure, Belle and Sébastien forge an indestructible friendship. Set against breath-taking scenery and a dramatic time in history, this moving story will be enjoyed by the whole family.

Seattle International Film Festival 2014 – Films4Families Youth Jury Award

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2014 – Just Film Award – Special Mention from Children’s Jury

“Symbols of Hate”

April 18th, Saturday / 12:00 / Europa Cinema

Program is intended for secondary school pupils (2nd, 3rd and 4th grades) and university students.

“Symbols of Hate”

April 18th, Saturday / 12:00 / Europa Cinema


The program consists of:

- Mirko Ilić’s lecture on the topic “Symbols of Hate”
- 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.


Mirko Ilić is graphic designer, illustrator and lecturer. In 1995, he established Mirko Ilic Corp. in New York, a multidisciplinary studio specializing in graphic design, 3D animation, motion picture titles, and illustration. Before arriving in the U.S., Mirko Ilic art directed numerous posters, record covers and books in Europe. In 1991, he was art director of the international edition of Time Magazine. He became the art director of the New York Times Op-Ed pages in 1992. With Milton Glaser, Mirko has taught advanced design classes at the Cooper Union and currently teaches master degree classes in illustration at the School of Visual Arts. He has also written several books. Recently he has been very active in holding the lectures on the topic of the symbols of hate.


Mirko Ilić will hold a multimedial lecture. He will talk about the pervasive neo-fascist iconography in public areas on the territory of the former Yugoslavia and beyond. His lecture entitled “The Symbols of Hate” discusses local and regional problem of public suppression or neglect of the graphic symbols and hate speech of neo-Nazi groups (skinheads, neo-Nazis and extreme soccer fans) which have recently strengthened, become larger and more violent.This lecture was held already in Zagreb (to an exclusive audience), Sarajevo and Belgrade.