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Interactive game "Czechoslovakia 1938 -1989" teaches students about the Romani Holocaust

The phrase "school through play" applies literally to the case of the instructional simulation game "Czechoslovakia 1938-1989" (Československo 38-89). Using a combination of a computer game and interactive comics, students are led through key moments in contemporary Czechoslovak and Czech history so they can "experience" the events of that time from the perspectives of various people.
One of the characters in the game is a Romani woman who survives the camp at Lety by Písek. News server Romea.cz has interviewed Vít Šisler of the Institute of Information and Library Studies, Philosophy Faculty, Charles University in Prague, about the game.
Q: How did the idea to create the "Czechoslovakia 1938-1989" simulation game come about? Was there demand from schools, or was the initial impulse from the Institute for Contemporary History?

A: "Czechoslovakia 1938-1989" is not a computer game in the literal sense of the phrase, but an instructional simulation aiming to present high school students with key moments in contemporary Czech history. The development of the simulation is taking place at the Philosophy and Mathematics-Physics Faculties of Charles University in Prague and the Institute for Contemporary History of the Academy 

of Sciences of the Czech Republic as part of a project financed by the Czech Culture Ministry. The initial impulse came from our team and is based both on the positive results of our previous educational simulation, "Europe 2045" (evropa2045.cz), which several thousand students have experienced to date, as well as similarly successful projects from abroad, such as the Danish "Global Conflicts:  Palestine" or the American "Revolution" simulations.