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The International School for Holocaust Studies

Ninth International Conference on Holocaust Education, July 7-10, 2014

Through Our Own Lens: Reflecting on the Holocaust from Generation to Generation


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Monday July 7, 2014

13:00-16:00 Optional Guided Tours:

  • Holocaust History Museum
  • Holocaust Art Museum
  • Exhibit: I Am My Brother's Keeper- Marking 50 Years of Honoring Righteous Among the Nations
  • The Reflection Center
  • The Visual Center

19:30-21:30 Opening Ceremony in the Valley of the Communities at Yad Vashem:
Rabbi Israel Meir Lau - “From Generation to Generation" (M’Dor Le’Dor) - “Passing on the Legacy”
Musical Performance by Yasmin Levy

Tuesday July 8, 2014

The First and Second Generation – Holocaust Documentation

8:45-9:30      Opening Remarks - The Safra Lecture Hall
Chairperson: Dorit Novak, Director General, Yad Vashem
MK Rabbi Shai Piron, Minister of Education, Israel
Dr. Eyal Kaminka, Lily Safra Chair of Holocaust Education, Director, International School for Holocaust Studies

9:30-10:00     Topic: Passing the Legacy from Generation to Generation - The Educational Challenges
Avner Shalev, Chairman, Yad Vashem Directorate

10:00-10:30     Break

10:30-12:00     Topic: The 1st Generation: From Testimony to Collection (2 Keynote Speakers-each 40 minutes)
Chairperson: Prof. Steven Katz, Slater Professor of Jewish and Holocaust Studies, Boston University
Serge Klarsfeld and Arno Klarsfeld
Prof. Yehuda Bauer, Academic Advisor, Yad Vashem

12:00-13:00     Lunch

13:00-14:30     Topic: "Documenting the Event – The Dialogue between the 1st and 2nd Generations" (4 pedagogical breakout sessions)

  • Klaus Donecke and Dr. Noa Mkayton - History and Memory – The German Police (ORPO) and the Holocaust
  • Justice Gavriel Bach, (Ret.) and Prof. Aviad Hacohen – The Eichmann Trial - the significance
  • Prof. David Halivni and Jeremy Stavisky - Theological Questions and the Holocaust
  • Avner Shalev and Dr. Yitzhak Arad and Dr. Rob Rozett - The Evolution of Yad Vashem over the Last Forty Years

14:30-15:00     Break

15:00-16:30     Topic: Using Primary Resources in Teaching the Holocaust

    Educational Workshops –9 workshops simultaneously - 2 presenters in each workshop - a total of 18 presentations

16:30-17:00     Break

17:00-18:00     Concluding Session for Day One in the Safra Lecture Hall
The Film - “Weapons of the Spirit” with Prof. Patrick Henry


Wednesday July 9, 2014

The Second and Third Generation – Finding Significance in the Holocaust

8:45-12:00     Topic: “Documentation and Representations of the Holocaust”

8:45-9:45      Panel Discussion on the Film “Shoah” by Claude Lanzman

  • Shulamit Imber, Pedagogical Director, ISHS, Fred Hillman Chair in Memory of Janusz Korczak, Yad Vashem
  • Irena Steinfeldt, Director, Department of the Righteous , Yad Vashem
  • Prof. Annette Insdorf, Director, Undergraduate Film Studies, Columbia University

9:45-10:15    Coffee & Cake Break

10:15-12:15    Presentations:
Chairperson: Mrs. Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe

  • Prof. Daniel Goldhagen The Perpetrators - "Hitler's Willing Executioners" (USA)
  • Alexandra Zapruder Diaries of Children - “Salvaged Pages” (USA)
  • Michel Kichka Second Generation – “Things I Never Told My Father” (Belgium- Israel)

12:15-13:30    Lunch Break

13:30-15:30    Topic: Organizational Approaches to Holocaust Education

  • Israel - Teaching the Holocaust in Israel – Shulamit Imber & Eliraz Kraus
  • Poland - Brama Grodzka in Lublin - Witold Dabrowski & Bartosz Gajdzik
  • USA - Facing History and Ourselves - Marc Skvirsky, Mary Johnson and Dimitry Anselme
  • Russian Federation - Educational Holocaust Center in Moscow - Prof. Ilya Altman
  • USA - Echoes and Reflections - David Warren-ADL / Dr. Kori Street-USC Shoah Foundation / Ephraim Kaye-Yad Vashem
  • Ukraine - Tkuma - Dr. Igor Shchupak
  • England - Institute of Education (IOE) - Dr. Stuart Foster and Paul Salmons
  • Austria - erinnern.at - Dr. Maria Ecker and Dr. Nadja Danglmaier

15:30-16:00    Coffee & Cake Break

16:00-18:00    Topic: The Reflection of Life through the Arts
5 presentations - each presentation 1 hour and another hour will be an educational discussion of that particular presentation. The conference participants will break up into 5 large groups:

  • Susie Sandager - Drama Presentation - the story of Corie ten Boom (RAN) - USA
  • Susan Stein - Drama Presentation - the story of Etti Hillesum - USA
  • Tal Haim Joffe – Film-2nd & 3rd Generation - “The Green Dumpster Mystery” - Israel
  • Goran Paskaljevic - Film- 1st & 2nd Generation, Jewish Identity - “When Day Breaks” - Serbia
  • Malte Ludin - Film - German Perpetrators - 1st & 2nd Generation - “2 or 3 Things I Know About Him” - Germany


Thursday July 10, 2014

The Third and Fourth Generation – The Millennial Generation

8:45-11:00      Safra Lecture Hall
Chairperson: Dr. Qian Tang, Assistant Director General for Education, UNESCO

09:00-09:25    Topic: The X, Y and Z Generation, Where Do We Go from Here?
Dr. Eyal Kaminka, Lily Safra Chair of Holocaust Education, Director, ISHS, Yad Vashem

9:25-9:50    Topic: Technology, Ethics and the Holocaust
Prof. Yossi Matias, Managing Director of Google RD, Israel

9:50-10:15    Topic: Digital Strategies Associated with New Pedagogical Approaches
Dr. Stephen Smith, Executive Director, USC Shoah Foundation for Visual History, USA

10:15-10:40    Topic: Connecting Knowledge and Technology- Creating a Personal Virtual File
Dr. Haim Gertner, Director, Archives Division, Fred Hillman Chair of Holocaust Documentation, Yad Vashem

10:40-11:00    Topic: The Future of Holocaust Education in the Age of Technology
Avner Shalev, Chairman, Yad Vashem Directorate

11:00-11:30    Break

11:30-12:30    Roundtable Discussions
Topic: Future Challenges for the 4th Generation

12:30-13:30    Lunch

13:30-15:00    Educational Workshops – 10 workshops presented simultaneously - 2 presenters in each workshop - a total of 20 presentations

15:00-15:30    Break

15:30-16:30    The Future of Holocaust Education - The Voices of the 4th Generation
6 students (18-25 years old) they will explain their motivation for their interest in the Holocaust

  • England - Lucy Hamwijk
  • China - Laura Han
  • Canada - Iian Beaumont
  • Poland - Lukasz Zapisek
  • Argentina - Maria Gonzales Warcalde
  • Israel - Batya Brownstein

16:30-17:00    Artistic Performance by the 4th Generation

17:00-17:30    Refreshment Break

17:30-18:30    Conclusion - Closing Session in Memory of Izzy and Babs Asper
Keynote presentation: Prof. Shlomo Breznitz, Former Rector and President University of Haifa




This conference is supported through the generosity of:
With the generous support of: The Asper Foundation             With the generous support of: The Adelson Family Foundation             With the generous support of: The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany