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Teaching the Legacy: e-Newsletter for Holocaust Educators
(January, 2008)


During the last few months the European Department has been actively working with seminars for European teachers at the International School for Holocaust Studies. This autumn, we welcomed both graduate docents of Yad Vashem seminars as well as new educators from various Holocaust museums and centers in Poland, including the Auschwitz Museum. The graduates were impressed with the presentation of the new museum and the discussions of current events. The 42-strong group had the opportunity to visit an Israeli school and discuss Holocaust education with Yad Vashem museum guides. Both of the experiences were highly regarded by the participants.

There were 25 participants in the group from Baden, all of whom came from a theological background. To balance the classroom time of intense workshops and lectures on the Shoah, the group took part in a tour in Israel that strongly reflected their Christian background, guided by their coordinator, Mr. Hans Scholz. The lecture by Dr. Pessach Schindler, the sessions with Dr. Nathan Kellermann and the encounter with the survivors were marked clearly as highlights of the seminar.

The ISHS European Department looks forward to welcoming a group from Holland at the end of 2007 and in March 2008 our first ever seminar of educators from Serbia.