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Teaching the Legacy: e-Newsletter for Holocaust Educators
(July, 2006)


New Online Course: "At the Edge of the Abyss: The Holocaust of European Jewry"
The International School presents a new online course on the Holocaust, "At the Edge of the Abyss: The Holocaust of European Jewry". The course, written by experts from the International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem, provides an extensive introduction to the subject of the Holocaust. It is modular, consisting of 5 independent, stand-alone sub-courses. The topics of these are: Jewish life before the Holocaust; Nazi Germany and the Jews; Ghettos; the “Final Solution”; and Holocaust survivors and remembrance. The course makes use of a variety of sources from the Yad Vashem archives, as well as photographs, documents, testimonies, existing lesson plans, links to our online resource center and more. Information and registration are online now.

A European Perspective: Activities in the European Department
In April-June 2006, approximately 200 hundred European educators participated in teacher-training seminars at the International School for Holocaust Studies organized by the ICHEIC Program for Holocaust Education in Europe. Educators from Austria, France, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Poland, the United Kingdom and, for the first time, Finland, spent an intense period of study at Yad Vashem, toured the campus, and experienced elements of contemporary Israeli society, its history and culture. Yad Vashem also coordinated seminars for European educators in Austria, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Russia.

An international colloquium for European and Israeli researchers took place at Yad Vashem in April. The colloquium, held in conjunction with the Herman Cohen Academy, explored, “Holocaust and Context: History, Memory and Education”.

The European Department has recently developed a number of new educational study units including online programs in Russian, German, and Polish, available in the foreign languages section of our website.

First International Seminar for Teachers in Auschwitz, September, 2006
In September, 2006 the International School will hold its first International Seminar for Teachers. This seminar, organized within the framework of the ICHEIC Program for Holocaust Education in Europe, and in conjunction with the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, will be held in Auschwitz, September 6-10, 2006. The program, geared towards graduates of 2005 seminars, aims to deepen the knowledge of the graduates by modeling new teaching units and to build a professional network of multiplicators in the field of Holocaust education in Europe.