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First Greek Educators Seminar at Yad Vashem

First Scandinavian Educators Seminar Underway
International Summer Seminar for Educators Enters Second Week

9 July 2006

As Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies expands its efforts to increase Holocaust education in Europe, two seminars for European teachers are underway at Yad Vashem. Twenty (20) educators from Greece begin the first Greek educators Seminar at Yad Vashem today, while 31 educators from Denmark, Norway and Sweden are participating in the first seminar geared specifically for educators from the Scandinavian countries. The seminars are taking place within the framework of the ICHEIC Program for Holocaust Education in Europe.

The week-long Greek program is developed in cooperation between the International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem (Israel), and the Greek Ministry of National Education and Religious Affairs. The 10-day Scandinavian program, which closes tomorrow, was developed in cooperation between the International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem (Israel), The Danish Institute for International Studies (Denmark), The Center for Studies of Holocaust and Religious Minorities (Norway) and The Forum for Living History (Sweden) as well as the Swedish Committee Against Antisemitism.

At the same time, 41 educators from the United States, Canada, Romania, Latvia, Croatia, the United Kingdom, Estonia, and the Czech Republic are participating in the International Summer Seminar for Educators in English at Yad Vashem. Due to space constraints, some applicants had to be turned down, and will participate in future seminars.

The 18-day International Summer Seminar is sponsored by The Asper International Holocaust Studies Program in The International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem, the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, Inc.

Seminar participants are exploring the museums and educational centers at Yad Vashem, and studying such varied topics as Jewish life before the Holocaust, Nazi racial ideology and the persecution of the Jews in Nazi Germany 1933-1939, the Final Solution and Operation Reinhard, Jewish life in the Ghettos, the Allies and World Responses, country specific histories, educational approaches, and meeting with Holocaust survivors.

The International School for Holocaust Studies is currently active in 22 countries around the world and 11 languages.