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The International School for Holocaust Studies

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


The 6th International Conference on Holocaust Education
The 6th International Conference on Holocaust Education – Teaching the Shoah: Fighting Racism and Prejudice has attracted people from 40 countries around the world. We expect 700 participants to attend this conference, many of them thanks to the generosity of the Adelson Family Charitable Foundation and the Asper Foundation. The participants represent Holocaust museums and organizations as well as day schools, public schools, and community organizations.

The plenary sessions of the conference will reflect the importance of Holocaust education and its unique role as a leader in the fight against racism and prejudice worldwide.

The plenary speakers will discuss the historical roots of racism in Nazi Germany, teaching the Holocaust in a multicultural society, and the legacy of the survivors in the 21st century. Internationally renowned artist Samuel Bak, Professor Omer Bartov of Brown University, Dr. William Meinecke from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Honorable Daniel Rafecas from South America, and Professor Bodo von Borries from The Frei University in Germany, are some of the scholars who will address the plenary sessions.

Graduates of Yad Vashem seminars and educators from around the world will present the afternoon workshops. These are interactive, educational presentations based on the individual day’s themes and the presenters’ experiences with the topic in the classroom. These workshops will give the attendees an invaluable opportunity to learn from their colleagues in the field and exchange ideas on the pedagogical tools and dynamics currently in use around the globe.

For more information and registrations details please see our website: www.yadvashem.org.il

International Summer Seminar July 13, 2008 - July 31, 2008
This summer, 40 participants from countries around the world will be participating in the International Summer Seminar. They represent a wide spectrum of educators – schoolteachers, university professors, and Holocaust museum personnel. Most of the participants are not Jewish and for some this will be their first visit to Israel.

The international seminars in English are designed to address the interests and needs of academics, teachers, members of the clergy, museum personnel, and community leaders. Participants routinely come from 10-15 countries and it is this diverse population that allows for an educational experience that challenges the participants to look not only at their own pedagogical and cultural views but also those of the educators they meet here.

Summer Seminar for Jewish Educators July 28, 2008 - August 14, 2008
The Summer Seminar for Jewish Educators will be hosting 25 participants from around the globe. The seminar is designed to give teachers and academics an intense learning experience focusing first and foremost on the history of the Shoah, but including a wide range of lectures and activities in the areas of art, theology, literature, antisemitism, and Holocaust denial.