Last week, a seminar for museum directors, educators and researchers from Belarus, Russia and Ukraine recently came to an end at the International School for Holocaust Studies of Yad Vashem following a two week seminar which began on January 13, 2014.
While at Yad Vashem, the group of 24 museum directors, curators and researchers attended lectures and discussions, were taken on extensive, in-depth tours of the Campus and had the opportunity to partake in classes taught by top educators and historians about various topics related to the Holocaust. Among the participants were officials from the Museum of History and Culture of the Jews of Belarus, the Moscow State Museum of History of the Great Patriotic War, the Jewish Memory and Holocaust in Ukraine Museum in Dnepropetrovsk and many other museums.
The murder sites of the Jews in the occupied territories of the former USSR, antisemitism in historical perspective, the Righteous among the Nations, stages of the "Final Solution" and Yad Vashem’s pedagogical approach to Holocaust education and presentations of specific educational resources, were among the issues discussed during the seminar. Participants also toured Jerusalem and other areas in Israel as well as visited other major museums such as Beit Hatfutsot, the Israel Museum and more.
The seminar was made possible by the generous support of the Genesis Philanthropy Group.
The International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem was founded two decades ago to provide Holocaust education to a broad audience. The School conducts dozens of seminars annually for educators from around the world, and produces educational material in over 20 different languages. Established in 1993, the International School is a world leader in Shoah education; working to implement educational activities for different target populations and age groups in Israel and abroad. Hundreds of thousands of students, teachers, soldiers, and leaders of public opinion from Israel and around the world attend programs at the International School every year, and use the various multi-media and age-appropriate educational materials created.