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Teaching the Legacy: e-Newsletter for Holocaust Educators
News from the European Department (April, 2012)


"Reading Together"

In a first ever project, German and Israeli high-school students have been learning about the Holocaust together. This innovative Holocaust education project, initiated by one of our German seminar graduates, includes video-conferencing between two schools; one in Germany and one in Israel. Students read the same book and then study together.
The students gain a basic knowledge of the Holocaust by studying the personal story of Holocaust survivor Naftali Fuerst through online resources. After examining issues of individual and collective identity in their own classrooms, they then joined together and video-conferenced with Fuerst. The video-conference took place in February 2012 and the students were encouraged to prepare their own creative interpretations of the program (a song, an online exhibition, a short film, etc.) which will be posted on the program's own web page.

In the future we hope to expand this project to additional schools and countries. If you'd like to take part in this pioneering educational venture, please contact europe@yadvashem.org.il