Two Australians at Yad Vashem Educational Conference

June 10, 2010 Agencies
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Jeremy Jones and Lynette Chazan will join 200 decision makers in the field of education, from approximately 40 countries – including Austria, Canada, Croatia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Spain, and the United States – in participating in a unique educational conference at Yad Vashem next week. The 7th International Conference on Holocaust Education and Remembrance, held by the International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem, will take place on Saturday night June 12 and Sunday, June 13, 2010.   Participants are decision makers and opinion shapers in their respective countries, including philosophers, historians, human rights activists, educators, politicians, ambassadors, and directors of various government ministries.

During the course of the Conference numerous questions will be addressed, including: How should international organizations grapple with Holocaust denial? How should they respond to those who wish to diminish the Holocaust? Should visiting Holocaust-related sites be compulsory for high school students? Should educational authorities co-fund these trips? How do we teach about different historical contexts without a competition between the suffering of victims of different totalitarian regimes?  How do we avoid falling into the pattern of always referring to the Jewish people as victims? By marking a few Holocaust memorial days over the course of the year, are we highlighting or diminishing its meaning? And more.

Among the speakers at the conference will be Israeli Minister of Education Gideon Sa’ar, Prof. Alain Finkielkraut, Chief Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, Dr. Yitzchak Arad, Dr. Samuel Pisar, Prof. Yehuda Bauer, Dr. Leonidas Donskis (Member of the European Parliament), Aleksander Kwasniewski, (former President of Poland), Stjepan Mesić (former President of Croatia), and Prof. Dina Porat.

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