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Panel Discussion at Yad Vashem with ADL on Antisemitism: What Should We Do Now?

Need to cooperate on education stressed

6 July 2004

 Abraham H. Foxman, National Director, ADL, (left), listens as Avner Shalev, Chairman, Yad Vashem Directorate, makes a point. Also shown, Yehuda Bauer, Academic Advisor to Yad Vashem. Abraham H. Foxman, National Director, ADL, (left), listens as Avner Shalev, Chairman, Yad Vashem Directorate, makes a point. Also shown, Yehuda Bauer, Academic Advisor to Yad Vashem.

At a panel discussion this week at Yad Vashem, titled "Antisemitism: What should we do now?" leaders of the ADL and Yad Vashem stressed the importance of cooperating in promoting educational tools. Panel participants Abraham H. Foxman, National Director, Anti-Defamation League, Yehuda Bauer, Academic Advisor at Yad Vashem and Avner Shalev, Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate discussed the recent rise of antisemitism and methods to combat it; the increase in Holocaust denial and trivialization; and the role of Holocaust education in combating these worrying trends. The discussion took place Monday evening, July 5.

Panelists focused on practical ways that Yad Vashem and ADL can cooperate in the fight against antisemitism. Based on Yad Vashem's experience and expertise in the Shoah and Holocaust education worldwide and the ADL's experience and expertise in the fight against antisemitism, it was decided to promote cooperation between the two organizations particularly in the educational sphere and in developing pedagogical tools such as curricula on the Holocaust and antisemitism.

Researchers and educators from Yad Vashem, as well as top lay leaders from the ADL, including National Chair, Barbara Balser, attended the discussion.