“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
From 12-15 April 2018 the Strassler Center will host the Fourth International Graduate Student Conference on Holocaust and Genocide Studies, in cooperation with the Research Institute of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. The conference will provide a forum for advanced doctoral students and early post-docs to present their research projects to peers and established scholars.
Bad Arolsen, 7 August 2017. The 2017 Yearbook of the International Tracing Service (ITS) has been published, focusing on the fates of children and adolescent survivors of Nazi persecution. “They were the most vulnerable, and had lost every sense of what it means to have a home,” says Henning Borggräfe, head of the ITS department of research and education. “By featuring the situation of child survivors in the ITS Yearbook we would like to call the attention of scholars and educators to this subject.”
Yad Vashem is currently running a professional development seminar for 30 educators from Serbia and from Bosnia and Herzegovina. In the course of the seminar, Ms. Biljana Stojanovic of the Serbian Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development delivered a presentation about the ministry's work in the field of Holocaust education.
On 13 July, 2017, some 50 experts, including representatives of governments, international organizations and the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), met to discuss effective practices and educational approaches to addressing antisemitism at an event at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris. The main focus of the event, organized by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and UNESCO, was the joint development of a guide for educational policy-makers.
The European Association for Holocaust Studies calls for papers on current research on Auschwitz History and Memory.
Date: 14–16 November 2017 (with an optional visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum on 13 November)
Venue: Kraków, Poland
2 July, Berlin. The German Parliament passed a law that requires social media platforms to remove material with obviously illegal content and fake defamatory “news” or be subjected to heavy fines, reportedly of up to $56 million. Under the measure passed by the parliament, social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube must remove material with obviously illegal content and fake defamatory “news” within 24 hours of it having been reported. Previously, illegal material did not have to be removed after being reported.
The Leo Smit Foundation has launched a new English language website 'Forbidden Music Regained' which offers access to a searchable database with 35 biographies and nearly 1,900 works and audio samples by composers who lived and worked in the Netherlands and were persecuted in World War II. For Cornelia Hermann the launch of the website 'Forbidden Music Regained' meant she could hear for the very first time a piece of music her Jewish Hungarian-born father had dedicated to her in 1939, when she was seven - 'Pièces pour piano a quatre mains'.
The importance of combating antisemitism through education in Moldova was the focus of a roundtable discussion organized by the OSCE Mission to Moldova and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) in Chisinau on 18 July 2017. The event brought together some 20 Moldovan Government and Parliament officials, international experts, and representatives of academia and the Jewish community to discuss effective approaches to education on antisemitism in Moldova’s specific context. During the discussions, participants underscored that the best approach is one that systematically incorporates such study in the national curriculum.
The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) supports development of online teaching materials ‘Stories that Move. Toolbox against discrimination’.
The international youth conference Stories that Move, which took place in Berlin in 2013, was the inception point of a project to develop an online toolbox that challenges the critical thinking of learners on issues of diversity and discrimination.
On 4 July, 2017, the official ceremony commemorating the Holocaust victims in Latvia was opened by the Speaker of Parliament, Ināra Mūrniece, in presence of the Prime Minister of Latvia Māris Kučinskis, Members of Government, Chairman of the Council of Jewish Communities Arkady Suharenko along with representatives of the Diplomatic Corps, the Holocaust survivors, representatives of the Association of German cities “Riga Committee”, schoolteachers (participants of the Holocaust seminar) and wider public.