03.03.2011 - UNESCOPRESS

UNESCO and Israel reinforce cooperation on Holocaust education

Premiere of Farsi language version of “Shoah” to be held at UNESCO and broadcast to the Middle East via satellite

The government of Israel and UNESCO will sign an agreement to reinforce their cooperation in developing and promoting Holocaust education and combating denial of the mass murder of Jews and other groups in World War II.

            The signing of the agreement on 7 March will coincide with the premiere of the Farsi-language version of “Shoah”, one of the most important documentary films ever made about the Holocaust (Room 4, from 16h30 to 18h30). The film will be broadcast simultaneously for the first time in the Middle East through satellite channels.

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, and the French Minister for Culture and Communication, Frédéric Mitterrand, will introduce the screening of Shoa alongside Anne-Marie Revcolevschi, President of the Aladdin Project, which produced the Farsi version of the film, as well as Arabic and Turkish versions.

The screening will be followed by a roundtable debate, with the participation of, among others, Claude Lanzmann, the Director of “Shoah.”

Prior to the screening (2.30p.m), Irina Bokova and Israel’s Ambassador and Permanent Delegate to UNESCO, Nimrod Barkan, will sign an agreement to provide additional resources for UNESCO’s Holocaust education, remembrance and research activities. The agreement also concerns the development of Holocaust education curricula in various languages for primary and secondary schools.

Cooperation between UNESCO and Israel on this subject follows the 2007 decision by UNESCO’s General Conference, which brings together all of the Organization’s 193 Member States, to support Holocaust education worldwide and combat Holocaust denial.

UNESCO works to mobilise networks of professionals, academics, scientists and civil society, including UNESCO/UNITWIN university chairs and UNESCO’s Associated Schools, in favour of Holocaust remembrance. Special attention is given to teacher training activities. UNESCO’s partners in this area include the Yad Vashem centre for documentation, research, education and commemoration of the Holocaust (Israel), and other relevant institutions.

Working with the United Nations Outreach Programme on the Holocaust and other key partners, including the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research, UNESCO promotes the development and use of educational resources that apply the lessons of the Holocaust. This work seeks to develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills that will help students become more tolerant and prevent future genocides.




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