13.12.2010 -

International Holocaust Remembrance Day (27 January)

Railway outside Auschwitz II-Birkenau extermination camp, Brzezinka, Lesser Poland

Why, what and how can educators teach about the Holocaust, and how can understandings about the Holocaust relate to understandings about other genocides, mass atrocities, and human rights violations?

These questions were addressed at the meeting of the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research (Haifa, Israel,  13-14 December). UNESCO, a permanent observer of the Task Force, was present at the meeting to prepare International Holocaust Remembrance Day (27 January 2011). The Task Force also reviewed the contents of a proposed pedagogical guide to teaching about the Holocaust and human rights violations in general (published by UNESCO, Yad Vashem and the Ghetto Fighters’ Museum).

On 26 January 2011, International Holocaust Remembrance Day will be commemorated with a ceremony in UNESCO Paris headquarters in Paris to include a discussion on UNESCO’s role in fighting anti-Semitism. In addition, two exhibitions entitled "Mémorial de la Shoah" à l’UNESCO will run from 24 January to 1 February.

“Following International Holocaust Remembrance Day, a seminar for UNESCO Staff on Education for Holocaust Remembrance: experiences of Yad Vashem and its pedagogical approach will take place on 27 January 2011 at UNESCO headquarters”.

Lastly, the UNESCO Associated Schools (ASPnet) Israel, in collaboration with ASPnet Germany and Canada, will hold a teacher training workshop on Human Rights Education and Holocaust Education from 30 January to 4 Febuary in Beit Berl, Israel.

Related links 

Director-General co-leads historic visit to Auschwitz

Press Release

Education for Holocaust Remembrance

Introduction to pedagogical guide to teaching about the Holocaust

History education in South East Europe 

The Aladdin Project and UNESCO

Double issue of Prospects focuses on Holocaust Education

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