Discovering Common Ground through the Holocaust

Last Summer, from 30 August until 1 September, history teachers from Bulgaria and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia met in Skopje for the joint educational seminar “The Holocaust as a starting point: comparing and sharing”. Through sharing academic approaches in teaching and getting a better understanding of the history of the Holocaust, teachers from both countries discovered new common grounds.

The seminar was organized by the Holocaust Memorial Center for the Jews from Macedonia and Memorial de la Shoah, based in France.  And EUROCLIO is very glad that its member organisations from Bulgaria (Bulgarian History Teachers’ Association) and Macedonia (History Teachers’ Association of Macedonia) enabled the event by mobilising their members and cherishing EUROCLIO’s methodology. Within the seminar two pedagogical workshops on new forms of antisemitism in social media and how to deal with racial prejudice were held, as well as discussions on the history of antisemitism, the Holocaust in Europe and remembrance culture. Participants also had a chance to visit Monopol, the tobacco factory from where more than 7,000 Macedonian Jews were deported to Treblinka in 1943.

Due to the success of this seminar, the newly discovered commonalities regarding the Second World War and well-received workshops, a second joint seminar will be held in Bulgaria in 2018. For more information about the cooperation, please contact Bistra Stoimenova and Mire Mladenovski or Memorial de la Shoah directly.

Seminar on “The Role of NGOs in Remembrance of the Holocaust”

The Council of Europe – within the context of the program “Remembrance of the Holocaust and Prevention of Crimes Against Humanity” –  has organised a seminar along with the Polish Ministry of Education, the Krakow pedagogical University and the Auschwitz-Birkenau International Centre which looks at “the Role of NGOs in the Remembrance of the Holocaust“.

The event will explore the responsibility of the NGO community to ensure public memory of the Holocaust is kept alive in the absence of those who witnessed it directly. It aims to promote educational practices which target the remembrance of the Holocaust and the prevention of crimes against humanity, and will look more generally at the role of NGOs in facilitating the trans-generational transmission of memory.

Seminar on Teaching “the Holocaust by Bullets” in France

The Crucial Role of Collecting Evidence and Testimonies

From 25-27 November 2016, Yahad-In Unum and the Mémorial de Caen Museum are organising a two-day Teachers’ Seminar in France (Paris and Caen)  on how to teach “the Holocaust by Bullets” and persecutions of the Roma in Eastern Europe. This seminar is designed to deepen teachers’ knowledge and understanding of the Holocaust in Eastern Europe, and the Genocide of Roma in Eastern Europe. Participants will also be introduced to new teaching tools and sources. The 2016 fall session is the seventh time that this seminar is offered by Yahad. As part of the seminar, participants will be invited to visit the Caen Memorial’s permanent exhibition, including the section dedicated to the Holocaust in Eastern Europe, which is based on Yahad’s research results.

The presentations will explain the different aspects of the Holocaust in the East: various steps and process of the extermination of the Jews in Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Poland, Russia and Lithuania. Other areas of focus will include killing methods; different phases of the concentration of Jews in work camps and ghettos, and the persecution of Roma communities. Speakers will discuss the various categories of actors, their roles and functions, and the points of the extermination process at which they were involved. They will also share resources designed for use in the classroom based on material provided by Yahad – In Unum.

The Seminar is intended for history teachers in high schools and secondary schools in Europe. Applications from Balkan states, Italy, Portugal, Hungary and Eastern Europe are particularly encouraged. A letter of interest and a resume can be send by September 18, 2016 to Julia Garmash.

 

Annual British Association of Holocaust Studies (BAHS) Conference 2016

The Presence of the Holocaust in society, politics and culture, c.1970 – 2015

The UCL Centre for Holocaust Education is hosting the annual British Association of Holocaust Studies (BAHS) conference. The conference will focus on the ‘Presence of the Holocaust’ in society, politics and culture since 1970 and explore the growth and development of Holocaust history and memory over the past four decades.

The conference is specifically concerned with how the collective conception of the Holocaust has developed since the mid to late 1970s. Ours is the generation in which Holocaust memory has grown exponentially, expanding and extending at such a rate that it not only permeates Western culture and society, but now has global proportions. Nor is there any indication of this slowing down; increased concern at the passing of survivors has given but further impetus to attempts to teach, learn, and remember the Holocaust, whilst its continued representation raises ongoing interest in its abstraction and appropriation.

Bookings Are Now Open for the BAHS Conference 2016

The Presence of the Holocaust in society, politics and culture, c.1970-c.2015

The British Association for Holocaust Studies will organise their Conference on the Presence of the Holocaust in society, politics and culture c.1970-2015, from 19 until 21 July 2016 at the UCL Centre for Holocaust Education in London. This conference is concerned specifically with how the collective conception of the Holocaust has developed since the mid to late 1970s. Ours is the generation in which the Holocaust memory has grown exponentially, expanding and extending at such a rate that it not only permeates Western culture and society, but now has global proportions. Nor is there any indication of this slowing down any time soon; instead, increased concern at the passing of survivors has given but further impetus to attempts to teach, learn, and remember the Holocaust, whilst its continued representation raises ongoing interest in its abstraction and appropriation. For more detailed information on the conference themes visit this link. Confirmed Keynote Speakers include: Professor Dan Stone (University of London), Professor Aleida Assmann (Universität Konstanz, Germany), Professor Wulf Kansteiner (Binghamton University, USA), Professor Dan Michman (The International Institute for Historical Research).

Bookings for the Conference are now open and they close Friday 1 July 2016.

 

Call for Proposals: “Presence of the Holocaust” Conference

In July the UCL Centre for Holocaust Education is hosting the annual British Association of Holocaust Studies (BAHS) conference: The Presence of the Holocaust, c.1970-c.2015. The conference will mainly focus on the collective conception of the Holocaust has developed since the mid to late 1970s.

UCL welcomes paper and workshop proposals from established and emerging researchers which engage with, directly or indirectly, to the presence of the Holocaust in society, politics and culture in the period c.1970-2015. The process is currently open and submissions may be send to: holocaust@ioe.ac.uk or to submit directly via the online form at https://bit.ly/1WbKsnS. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday 30 March.

Contact the organisers: the conference is directed by Dr Arthur Chapman (a.chapman@ioe.ac.uk) and the admin team on holocaust@ioe.ac.uk.

For more information on the conference see our Events page here, or click here to go to the UCL website.

Join International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance Conference on Education about Holocaust

The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) and the Center for History Teaching & Learning and Recalling the Past of the University of Teacher Education Central Switzerland are pleased to announce their International Research Conference on Education about the Holocaust. This conference, which will be the concluding event of IHRA’s Education Research Project, will be held from 14-17 February 2016 at the University of Teacher Education Lucerne (PH Luzern), Switzerland.

The Education Research Project aims to provide an overview and a mapping of knowledge coming out of empirical research studies about teaching and learning about the Holocaust. The goal is to establish what can really be stated from empirical research about the current state of Holocaust education, taking us beyond anecdotal experiences and programmatic texts, in order to identify the key challenges and opportunities.

To find out more about the conference, please have a look at the programme. Participation to the conference is free. You can find more information about registration for contributors here. For registration for participants, please visit the registration page.

Documenta Active at International seminar on Balkan, Holocaust and the Jews

From 13-16 May 2015 an international seminar for history teachers from Croatia, Serbia and Bosnia & Herzegovina on “Balkan, Holocaust and the Jews“ was held in Zagreb and Jasenovac, Croatia.  The seminar was organized by Mémorial de la Shoah from Paris in cooperation with Croatian Teacher Training Agency, Ministry of Education of Republic of Serbia and Jasenovac Memorial Site, with the support of European Commission (“Europe for Citizens” program) and Claims Conference. The seminar combined workshops, study tours and lectures on topics of anti-Semitism in the Balkans, Holocaust on the territory of Yugoslavia (1941-1945), culture of memory, and history textbooks in Croatia, Serbia and Bosnia & Herzegovina. Marko Smokvina from the Documenta-Center for Dealing with the Past presented the project „My Place through Time“ which deals with the legacy of WWII and the Holocaust in three local communities in Croatia (Čakovec, Dubrovnik, Pula).

Yahad in Unum and Mémorial de Caen Museum Offers Grants for Teacher Training Seminar in November

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European history teachers are invited to participate in a 2-day training session on ‘the Holocaust by Bullets’ and the persecutions of the Roma in Eastern Europe. The seminar will be held in both English and French on November 7 and 8, 2016 and all expenses will be paid for by the organisers. The seminars will introduce new teaching tools and sources as they explore further the knowledge and understanding of the Holocaust and the Genocide of Roma in Eastern Europe. Read more about this seminar in this briefing.

To participate in the seminar, please send a letter of interest and a resume by September 20, 2015 to Julia Garmash (j.garmash@yahadinunum.org). For more information, visit their website.