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Remembrance has not matured in us yet


The International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum will hold a conference on education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust from 26-29 October 2015.

The aim of the conference is to bring together survivors and experts: representatives of memorial sites, NGOs and other institutions involved in teaching about the Holocaust and organizing student visits to memorial sites.

The conference will address several topics:

  • Is witness testimony still valid?
  • What oral and material evidence means for us now?
  • Is it only a historical account or may it be understood as a challenge of relevance to the problems of contemporary world?
  • How to reach the young generations with this message when the witnesses pass away?
  • What are new methods of work with youth at school and a memorial site?

The organisers welcome proposals of 15 minutes presentation which should include a one-page abstract describing the presentation as well as a short CV. Please submit documents as email attachments to jolanta [dott] wojcik[at] auschwitz [dott] org no later than 18 September, 2015. The conference fee is 50 Euro.

A number of IHRA delegates will be in attendance, including Christoph Heubner (Germany), Wolf Kaiser (Germany), Karen Polak (the Netherlands), Karen Pollock (United Kingdom) and Avner Shalev (Israel).  IHRA Honorary Chairman Professor Yehuda Bauer will take part in a discussion on the future importance of Auschwitz.

The draft programme is available here.