Main Projects

Annual Day of Commemoration

The United Nations General Assembly Resolution on Holocaust Remembrance  “urges Member States to develop educational programmes that will inculcate future generations with the lessons of the Holocaust in order to help prevent future acts of genocide”. It also designates 27  January, date of the liberation of the extermination and concentration camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau by Soviet troops, as an annual International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.

To commemorate this date, UNESCO organizes every year major cultural and educational events.

Consultations with member States

UNESCO invites Member States to introduce the history of the Holocaust and mass atrocities in curricula and to develop relevant educational programmes. To that end, discussions take place directly with senior representatives of Ministries of Education with a view to building capacity of interested countries to handle this difficult subject.

UNESCO Consultation with 14 countries of Africa on “Why Teach about Genocide? The Example of the Holocaust?” in Cape Town, South Africa

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UNESCO Consultation with 9 countries of Latin America on Holocaust and Genocide Education, in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Mapping Holocaust Education Worldwide

In order to support research on Holocaust education and identify good practices to sustain policy implementation in the field, UNESCO is partnering with the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Studies for a research titled “International Status of Education on the Holocaust: A Global Mapping of Textbooks and Curricula”. This on-going study will give an overview of where and how the Holocaust is taught throughout the world, and provide an assessment of textbooks in several countries.

The "Ex-Yugoslav" Pavilion at Ausschwitz - Birkenau

This initiative is organized within UNESCO’s framework initiative “Culture: a Bridge to Development”, which seeks to promote creativity and cultural heritage in all its forms as a powerful and unique tool for sustainable social, economic and human development. It addresses more particularly UNESCO’s overall mission to promote Holocaust education, as well as the role of museums as tools for intercultural understanding, research and dialogue.

The goal of the project is to create in what used to be the “Yugoslav Pavilion” (Block 17) of the Auschwitz museum a permanent exhibition on the Holocaust in the territories of ex-Yugoslavia and deportations to Auschwitz. UNESCO is coordinating and leading this initiative involving the 6 successor states (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia, and The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) gathered in an international steering group. The project involves international experts representing the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (Washington D.C.), the Shoah Memorial (Paris), the Topography of Terror Foundation (Berlin), the National Fund for Victims of National Socialism (Austria), and the State Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau (Poland).

The project is supported by the UNESCO Venice Office and UNESCO Section of Education for Peace and Human Rights through UNESCO’s Intersectoral Platform for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence.

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