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Preparatory Session for Israeli Arabs' Visit to Auschwitz

Members of the "From Memory to Peace" group participate in training session held in the International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem Members of the "From Memory to Peace" group participate in training session held in the International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem
"From Memory to Peace" tours the Yad Vashem Holocaust History Museum. Father Emil Shofani (far right) is the program's initiator "From Memory to Peace" tours the Yad Vashem Holocaust History Museum. Father Emil Shofani (far right) is the program's initiator

On Wednesday, February 19th, Yad Vashem's International School for Holocaust Studies led a training session for Israeli Arab representatives of "From Memory to Peace" - a group of Israeli Arab and Jewish public figures who will be visiting Auschwitz. The effort was initiated by Father Emil Shofani, an Arab priest and educator from Nazareth. Around 35 Arab members of the group participated in the training session.

Training Session Schedule

9:45 - 10:00 Reception in lecture hall, International School for Holocaust Studies

10:00 - 10:10 Opening Remarks by Avner Shalev, Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate

10:10 - 10:30 "Our Fate - A Warning for Future Generations" - Introduction to the journey to Poland by Inbal Kvity-Ben Dov, Director of Study Seminars Department

10:40 - 11:40 Tour of the Holocaust History Museum

11:40 - 12:10 Tour of exhibit "No Child's Play" - Children's creations and games during the Holocaust, in the Art Museum.

12:15 - 12:30 Visit to Children's Memorial

12:30 - 13:10 "And I Never Heard from Them Again" - testimony from Holocaust survivor, Israel Aviram, in the lecture hall, International School for Holocaust Studies.

13:10 Signing of guest book by representatives of the group and opportunity to answer journalists' questions, lecture hall, International School

Following the session, participants received a learning unit on the Holocaust in Arabic.