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Holocaust, Memory ans Transmission, The School, A Space for the Human Values
Cecilia Levit, Spain

Autonomous University of Madrid

Cecilia Levit, an educator in Spain and graduate of two seminars organized by Yad Vashem, teamed up with another teacher, Maria Laura Arce, to organize a multi-disciplinary, accredited course for 40 pre-service teachers in the Autonomous University of Madrid. Running from November 15-26, 2010, this was the first time that a Holocaust-related program was coordinated in a public university in Spain.

As a graduate, Levit received funding to provide the pre-service teachers with textbooks for the course. She and Arce designed the course to reflect Yad Vashem’s pedagogical philosophy in order to ensure that future teachers gain more tools and techniques to implement Holocaust education in their classrooms.

The course opened with a videoconference with Dorit Novak, the director of the International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem, and the ten-day mini-course featured lectures from professors from all over Spain, Yad Vashem teacher trainers, Holocaust survivors, and children of the Righteous Among the Nations.

The course opened with a videoconference with Dorit Novak, the director of the ISHS, and the ten-day mini-course featured lectures from professors from all over Spain, Yad Vashem teacher trainers, Holocaust survivors, and children of the Righteous Among the Nations.

Topics highlighted in this course included:

  • Memory, history and transmission: how to teach what cannot be narrated
  • History of antisemitism in Europe
  • Nazi propaganda
  • Educational approaches to teaching the Holocaust; personifying the victims
  • Life before the Holocaust
  • Ghettoization and Deportations
  • "Final Solution"
  • Witnesses and Testimonies
  • Spain and the Holocaust
  • Righteous among the Nations

By approaching these topics from a variety of disciplines such as literature, philosophy, and history, the course aimed to expose the teachers of tomorrow to different ways to teach this complicated subject matter in their respective classrooms.