31 December 2008
Marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of Simon Wiesenthal on 31 December 2008, Yad Vashem and the Simon Wiesenthal Center have launched a new, joint educational resource based on the award-winning book Antisemitism: The Generic Hatred, that was published (2007) under the auspices of UNESCO, the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Verbe et Lumiere foundation in France.
“Strategies in Facing Antisemitism: An Educational Resource Guide” consists of articles by internationally recognized authors from countries affiliated with the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance, and Research (ITF). These include Prof. Irwin Cotler of Canada, who wrote on “The New Antisemitism: An Assault on Human Rights”, Prof. Gert Weisskirchen of Germany, who is also the Special Representative to the OSCE Chairman-in-Office on Antisemitism Issues, who wrote about “When it is Not Enough to Know: The European Experience”, and Gunther Jekeli of Germany who described “The Kreuzberg Initiative against Antisemitism in Berlin”.
Other articles include a brief biography of Simon Wiesenthal, a short historical overview of antisemitism, a guide for educators from the OSCE/ODIHR and Yad Vashem, information on antisemitism on the internet from the Simon Wiesenthal Center and a new lesson plan for high school students on antisemitism developed by Yad Vashem.
Simon Wiesenthal was born on December 31, 1908, and passed away at the age of 96 on September 20, 2005, in Vienna.
Contact: Estee Yaari / Foreign Media Liaison / Yad Vashem