“We share a commitment to throw light on the still obscured shadows of the Holocaust.”
-- Declaration of the Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust
"Teaching about and Learning from the Holocaust. Practices and Experiences in Education", 22-23 January 2018, University of Teacher Education, Lausanne.
In 2004, Switzerland joined the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). Now numbering 31 Member Countries, the aim of the IHRA is to strenghten and advance remembrance, research and education of the Holocaust. In March 2017, Switzerland will assume the Chairmanship of the IHRA, which it will hold for one year. As part of this Chairmanship, the University of Teacher Education in Lausanne, in collaboration with the University of Teacher Education in Lucerne, is organizing international study days on the theme of "Teaching about and Learning from the Holocaust: Practices and Experiences in Education". The study days are intended in particular for teachers and for trainers in educational institutions.
A Czech version of the IHRA co-funded website www.romasintigenocide.eu is now online. The online resource constitutes the first comprehensive online teaching resource in Europe which focuses exclusively on the genocide of the Roma and Sinti. The website provides extensive background information for 13 countries, selected biographies of victims of persecution, and 70 worksheets on camps and special aspects of the genocide of the Roma.
Researchers are often faced with the challenge that historical sources are dispersed throughout various archives, collections, museums and memorials. Complementary data and information are grouped and catalogued following the logic of the individual institutions, and not necessarily with other institutions' collections or with potential users and researchers in mind.
At the IHRA Plenary Meetings, which took place in Bern from 27 - 30 November 2017, the founders of the Network War Collections – Netwerk Oorlongsbronnen from the Netherlands were invited to talk to IHRA delegates about how they are seeking to address this challenge by bringing archival material together in one digital space, creating a basic thesaurus and providing context - an initiative relevant to IHRA's goal to ensure access to documents bearing on the Holocaust.