The educational methodology and teaching material Ester were developed and created by Terraforming.
The Project team:
Misko Stanisic, director of Terraforming network:
author of the novels, the “Ester” concept, graphic and web design
Cedomila Marinkovic, PhD art historian, Belgrade:
main researcher and expert advisor for the novels “A Story About the Red Race Car”, “The Running Shoes” and “The Family Photo”
Nevena Bajalica, Anne Frank House, Amsterdam Milan Koljanin, PhD historian, Belgrade Aleksandar Sasha Necak, expert advisor, Belgrade Sanela Schmid, PhD historian, Nuremberg, Germany Aleksandar Todosijevic, history teacher, Belgrade
Sandra Svetlica, project coordination Aleksandar Stanisic, English translation
Ademir Arapovic, e-book design Tamara Ivanovic, student apprentice
The idea and the framework for Ester were developed during the work on the project “Escalating into Holocaust – two defining phases of the Holocaust in Serbia”. We would like to express our gratitude to the Historical Archives of Belgrade and other project partners of the project “Escalating into Holocaust…” as Ester wouldn’t be possible without your work, support and encouragement!
We would like to thank:
Our colleagues at the Historical Archives of Belgrade, in particular the archivists Tijana Kovcic, Vladimir Mijatovic and Jelena Nikolic, as well as the director of the Historical Archives, Mr Dragan Gacic;
Special thanks to Doyle Stevick, PhD. Associate Professor at the College of Education at the University of South Carolina for his encouragement and support.
Evelien Gans PhD. and Dienke Hondius PhD. historians from Amsterdam, for their feedback and advice.
Terraforming is awarded the annual Yehuda Bauer Grant for 2016 by International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance IHRA. IHRA awards this honor annually to an outstanding project proposal submitted through IHRA’s Grant Programme.
Terraforming is a CSO network based in Stockholm (Sweden), Amsterdam (Netherlands) and Novi Sad (Serbia), with partners, contributors, associates and project activities all around Europe.
Promoting human rights, diversity and tolerance, while combating discrimination, intolerance, antisemitism, antigypsyism and all forms of xenophobia, particularly through teaching and learning about the Holocaust, and debunking bias, myths, prejudice, stereotyping and hate-speech in media and social media.
Terraforming have longstanding expertise in developing and writing grant proposals with proven track record of successful applications to major international funding institutions. With its large network among cultural and educational institutions, scholars, experts, NGOs and other stakeholders around Europe, Terraforming sets up cross-sectoral international project cooperations and exchange.
Terraforming develops educational methodologies and teaching materials combining best practices in contemporary pedagogy with new-media technologies. When working on educational programs related to teaching and learning about the Holocaust, Terraforming strives to follow the guidelines of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), the educational philosophy of the International School for Holocaust Studies Yad Vashem and the UNESCO Holocaust education recommendations.
Ester was developed with the support of the ODIHR’s project
”Words into Action to Combat Antisemitism”.
We were very lucky to work with talented and dedicated artists from Serbia and the Netherlands. Our illustrators took their tasks extremely seriously and invested all of their skills to recreate the historical environments and characters in the stories. Many times the draft drawings needed to be redone and many details needed to be changed and adjusted after reviews by the historians and other experts. It was challenging and time consuming, but the illustrators understood that our highest priority was historical accuracy, and that the artworks were created for a particular educational context.
Tiberiu was born December 7th 1977 in the city of Pancevo in Serbia. He graduated from Belgrade Design School and Applied Arts Academy in the class of professor Rastko Ciric. His final work in 2001 was a graphic novel. He also studied at Djordje Lobacev graphic novel school in Belgrade. Tibery released the album ‘Le Culte des Ténèbres’ with the French publisher Nucléa in 2002 (script by Jean-François di Giorgio). From 2005 to 2007, Tibery made the trilogy ‘L’Empire de la Raison’ for French publisher Glenat, with text by Serbian scenarist Djordje Milosavljevic. In 2008 and 2009 he made the science fiction trilogy ‘Uchronie(s) – New Harlem’ with Eric Corbeyran for Glénat.
Gabriel was born october 11th 1965, in Neuilly sur Seine, France. He studied Interdisciplinary arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Akademie in Amsterdam from 1986-1990, specialising in Graphics, Sculpture and Audio-visuals. He was expelled in the final year for wanting to graduate in various disciplines.
Gabriel lives and works in Amsterdam. His illustrations and other artworks are frequently published in various Dutch newspapers and publications. Among other works, in 2012-2013 he published an autobiographical graphic novel Kousboek – Graphic Novel For Nijgh en van Ditmar.
Nada was born July 7th 1985. She graduated the Academy of Applied Arts in Belgrade in the class of professor Rastko Ciric and Jugoslav Vlahovic. Nada illustrates children’s magazines “Neven” and “Politikin Zabavnik”, teaching materials and other books. She lives and work in Belgrade.
Ivan Stojanovic – Fiki
Ivan was born October 9th 1975 in Leskovac in Serbia. He was published in various magazines: “Naša reč”, “Đački zabavnik”, “Arsenal”, “Eon”, “Nova naša reč”, “Strip Pressing”, “Strip Kreator” (Macedonia) i “Parabellum” (Bosnia and Hercegovina). His was awarded for his work several times. In 2015 he illustrated the graphic novel “Complot” for the French publisher Delcourt.
Silva Vujovic graduated Interior Design at the Academy of Applied Arts in Belgrade in 1977. She had 12 solo and more then 50 group exhibitions with her aquarelle and drawings. Silva illustrates for “Politikin Zabavnik” since 1996. She was awarded several times for her works. Silva is professor at the High School of Fine and Applied Arts in Belgrade.