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Teaching the Legacy: e-Newsletter for Holocaust Educators
News from the European Department (October, 2011)


From May through September 2011, the European Department at the International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem organized seminars for educators from all over Europe. The participants’ feedback was overwhelmingly positive. Some highlights included: “I am now able to approach the Holocaust from different intellectual angles, and in a more comprehensive way” (seminar for Hungarian educators); “I have to say that the course fulfilled my expectations and beyond. Every day was really interesting and I learned so much about the Jewish culture and the Shoah. I can’t wait to use this input for teaching my own future classes” (seminar for German educators); “I was very impressed with the educational philosophy. There’s a need to understand in order to teach. I was interested in the methodology and the presentations of the different speakers. It was an extraordinary experience to meet with people here” (seminar for Polish educators). The comments emphasized how the various lectures, workshops, and Yad Vashem materials contributed to a unique learning experience with regard to the Holocaust from a historical perspective and Yad Vashem’s pedagogical philosophy. Several teachers focused on how the expertise of the Yad Vashem staff added a distinct dimension to the seminar. The educators expressed their excitement to incorporate what they learned into their curriculum.