The International School for Holocaust Studies
January 27, 2012 - Art and Commemoration
On January 27, 1945, Soviet forces liberated the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp, discovering the largest Nazi killing center in Europe. Auschwitz has become a symbol of the Holocaust, representing the depths of man's inhumanity to man. Eighteen governments have legislated January 27 as an annual Holocaust Memorial Day. In November 2005, the United Nations passed a resolution to mark January 27 as an international day of commemoration to honor the victims of the Holocaust, and urged member states to develop educational programs to impart the memory of this tragedy to future generations. Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremonies will be organized on the international, national, regional and local levels, including in universities and schools. This site, focusing on the theme of “Art and Commemoration” has been developed in order to assist educators to prepare ceremonies and lesson plans for middle school and high school students.
"Keeping The Memory Alive" - International Poster Competition 2012
"Keeping The Memory Alive" - International Poster Competition 2012 is a project funded by the grant programme of the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research (ITF). Partnering in the project: Yad Vashem, Israel; Mémorial de la Shoah, France; and the European Shoah Legacy Institute, Czech Republic, in cooperation with the Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme.
An international panel of distinguished judges, comprising experts in both design and in Holocaust Education, selected the 16 best posters from more than 300 submitted by design students from France, Israel and the Czech Republic on the subject “Keeping The Memory Alive” (Children in the Holocaust). The display is being mounted across the world to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27, 2012.
Educational Articles and Resources
- “Behold All That Was Painted My Hand Has Wrought” - The Wooden Synagogue of Chodorow
- Teaching the Holocaust by Highlighting the Youth, their Perseverance, and Creativity
- Commemoration in the Art of Holocaust Survivors
- Are There Any Boundaries to Artistic Representations of the Holocaust?
- The Holocaust and the Arts