The International School for Holocaust Studies
Seventh International Conference on Holocaust Education
International Conference Held at the International School for Holocaust Studies of Yad Vashem
On June 12-13, 2010, Yad Vashem held the Seventh International Conference on Holocaust Education entitled “Holocaust Education and Remembrance in Hindsight and Foresight: Text and Context,” which was organized by Yad Vashem and coordinated under the umbrella of the Israeli Chairmanship of the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research (ITF).
The conference was geared for policy makers and focused on issues discussed in ITF working groups and plenary sessions. World-renowned scholars, philosophers, and leaders took part in the proceedings that focused on a number of educational issues. Speakers included the Israeli Minister of Education Gideon Sa’ar, Professor Alain Finkielkraut, and Professor Yehuda Bauer. Well-known Holocaust survivors including Dr. Yitzchak Arad, Mr. Roman Frister, Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, and Dr. Samuel Pisar addressed contemporary issues concerning Holocaust memory.
Moderated groups met to discuss pressing questions and make recommendations to be submitted to the ITF plenary in December. For the last panel, statesmen and international policy makers addressed "Our Responsibility Over the Next Decade: Upholding the Stockholm Declaration (2000)." The distinguished panelists included Member of the European Parliament Dr. Leonidas Donskis, Former President of Poland Mr. Aleksander Kwasniewski, and Former President of Croatia Mr. Stjepan Mesic.
The conference successfully convened approximately 200 participants, representing nearly 40 countries, many of whom never previously attended a conference at Yad Vashem, to take part in the important discussions and put forth proposals on significant and timely issues. Additional information and materials from the conference are available on the Yad Vashem website at here.