“Our commitment must be to remember the victims who perished, respect the survivors still with us, and reaffirm humanity's common aspiration for mutual understanding and justice.”
-- Declaration of the Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust
A special seminar of decision makers and leaders in Lithuanian educational frameworks is now taking place at the International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem.
Among those taking part in the seminar are Mr. Bacys Vaidas, Vice Minister of Education; Dr. Ronaldas Racinskas, Executive Director of the International Commission for the Evaluation of the Crimes of Nazi and Soviet Occupation Regimes in Lithuania; Mr. Jokimaitis Rimantas, specialist in the teaching of history at the Lithuanian Ministry of Education; and Mr. Duoblys Girvydas, Director, Centre for Civil Initiatives. This seminar is part of a Holocaust education program initiated and executed by the International Commission for the Evaluation of the Crimes of Nazi and Soviet Occupation Regimes in Lithuania.
A pre-seminar for this high-level group was held in September 2010 in Vilnius, focusing on prewar Jewish culture as well as everyday life during the Holocaust. According to Dr. Irit Abramsky, responsible for this seminar on behalf of Yad Vashem, "This program has paved the way to holding an honest and open dialogue about issues concerning history and memory."
This initiative, supported by the ITF Grant Program as well as the ICHEIC Humanitarian Fund and the The Adelson Family Charitable Foundation is organized by the European Department of the Yad Vashem School that currently works in conjunction with 30 nations across the continent. For more information on this seminar: http://www.yadvashem.org/