Educational Programmes

THE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL FOR HOLOCAUST STUDIES YAD VASHEM

Introduction:

Sixty years after the liberation of KL Auschwitz-Birkenau, Europe continues to grapple with the Holocaust, as well as the anti-Semitism of the past and its new manifestations in the present. At the beginning of the 21st century, Europe is challenged to preserve the memory of the Holocaust and imbue new generations with its lessons while combating a new rise in anti-Semitism.

Our greatest challenge is the education of future generations by teaching about the Holocaust and promoting its lessons throughout the globe. This programme seeks to support European educators in this endeavor, encouraging their commitment to teach about this watershed event in world history. An academic core of experts in different fields (education, history, art, communications, etc.) will serve as advisors to the programme, contributing to its content and the exploration of new instructional methods.

Seminars will be structured to provide participants with knowledge and instructional tools for the teaching of the Holocaust, to enable them to confront anti-Semitism and initiate local projects in their schools and communities. An internet site will be created to facilitate exchange between different countries, discussion of common issues and problems related to the teaching of the Holocaust, sharing materials for Holocaust Remembrance Days, etc.

In an effort to put this programme into motion, Yad Vashem will enlist its international contacts and working relations with various state institutions and NGOs in Europe that further Holocaust education.

Main Objectives of the Program:

  • To teach the lessons of the Holocaust beyond the boundaries of current educational paradigms, stretching them to new, deeper levels of understanding and internalisation

  • To empower educators by providing them with instructional guidelines and tools to combat the new anti-Semitism and its manifestations 

  • To convey the importance of safeguarding human rights and preventing racism or xenophobia through Holocaust education

  • To support educators teaching the Holocaust using a multi-disciplinary, multicultural, and age-appropriate approach

  • To facilitate the creation of local networks of Holocaust educators who will initiate and implement programmes, thus widening the circle of qualified educators on the national and international levels.