“We share a commitment to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust and to honour those who stood against it.”
-- Declaration of the Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust
The Shoah Academy is a project of the Jewish Community of Zagreb, focused on ensuring pertinent remembrance, honor and respect for the history and its victims and the education on human rights.
First-person survivor testimony has been an integral part of Holocaust education since its inception. We are now faced with the necessity of teaching the Holocaust without survivors and other first-person eyewitnesses, which has already become a reality in many parts of the educational world in most, if not all countries. Fortunately, there are large collections of oral histories that are readily available for classroom use in whole or in part. The ITF's Education Working Group has developed this document in order to assist educators in view of this new reality.
A central question raised by many educators and students is why teach and learn about the Holocaust when other crimes against humanity are perpetrated today? A clear and well-informed understanding of the Holocaust, the paradigmatic genocide, may help educators and students understand other genocides, mass atrocities, and human rights violations. The study of the Holocaust can aide in our obligation to develop a model that highlights the warning signs and predisposing factors for human violence and genocide.
The UK Government's Envoy on Post-Holocaust Issues, Sir Andrew Burns, has submitted a report on Holocaust education in Britain to an intergovernmental body of 27 member states and representatives of international organisations.
Spain has launched a pioneering project to bring students to various sites of Holocaust remembrance around Europe.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, together with Casa Sefarad-Israel and the Ministry of Education, is organizing a conference in Madrid on 27-29 May for over 200 educators on transmitting Holocaust history.
The United Kingdom has launched one of the most far-reaching and ambitious programmes of teacher professional development in Holocaust education existing in the world today.
The Holocaust Education Development Programme (HEDP) undertook landmark research that provides a more comprehensive empirical portrait of Holocaust education in England's secondary schools than has ever existed before, and has launched a free national programme of teacher professional development designed to address directly the issues and challenges identified by this research.