The International School for Holocaust Studies
Teaching the Legacy: e-Newsletter for Holocaust Educators
News from the European Department (October, 2010)
- First-Ever Swiss Seminar in Conjunction with the Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education (EDK)
- Special Event for North Rhine Westfalia Seminar Graduates in Düsseldorf
First-Ever Swiss Seminar in Conjunction with the Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education (EDK)
In recent months the European Department of the International School for Holocaust Studies held a successful first-ever seminar for Swiss university students who completed their pedagogical studies and are soon to begin their practical training. This seminar was a pilot program that included the modeling of Yad Vashem materials and units, tours of the Yad Vashem campus as well as meetings with the Swiss ambassador and Holocaust survivors. In addition, participants had scheduled time in the Yad Vashem archives to find materials upon which they will create lesson plans. Participants rated the seminar highly and noted “The personal, dedicated, objective and emotional lecture of Shulamit Imber activated and touched me; a role model as an educator.” This seminar was organized in partnership between the Department, the Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education (EDK), Professor Dr. Peter Gautschi, Chair of the Faculty of Didactics Social Science, and Professor Renate Amuat, Head of Cultural Affairs at the Pedagogische Hochschule Zurich.
On November 10, 2010, a conference for 150-200 graduates of Yad Vashem seminars will be held in Düsseldorf, Germany commemorating the anniversary of the Kristallnacht pogrom. This gathering will assemble seminar participants from North Rhine Westphalia who have studied at the International School for Holocaust Studies over the past twelve years. Mr. Natan Eitan, Director General of Yad Vashem; Dr. Juergen Ruettgers, Former Prime Minister of the State of North Rhine Westfalia; and Ms. Hildegard Mueller, Chairwoman of the Friends of Yad Vashem Germany; will address the participants. Dr. Martin Cueppers, historian and author of “Halbmond und Hakenkeuz” (“Crescent and Swastika”), will deliver the keynote lecture. The PDF invitation (in German) can be viewed here.