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Memory Building: Engaging Society in Self-Reflective Museums

14.08.2017

From 14 - 18 October a conference entitled "Memory Building: Engaging Society in Self-Reflective Museums' will be held in Cincinnati, Ohio. The conference is a joint endeavour between the International Committee for Architecture and Museum Techniques and the International Committee of Memorial Museums in Remembrance of the Victims of Public Crimes.

Hungary honours Scottish Missionary

14.08.2017

A special exhibition in honour of Scottish missionary Jane Haining will open this autumn in the Holocaust Memorial Centre in Budapest. Miss Haining, who grew up near Dumfries, served as Matron at the Scottish Mission school in Budapest during the 1930s and 1940s. Against advice from Church of Scotland officials, Miss Haining remained in Budapest during the Holocaust. Arrested in 1944 and charged with working with Jews, Miss Haining was taken to the German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp Auschwitz-Birkenau camp in occupied Poland where she died aged 47.

Professional Development for educators from Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina

31.07.2017

Yad Vashem is currently running a professional development seminar for 30 educators from Serbia and from Bosnia and Herzegovina. In the course of the seminar, Ms. Biljana Stojanovic of the Serbian Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development delivered a presentation about the ministry's work in the field of Holocaust education.

2 August Commemoration

The Chair of the IHRA Committee on the Genocide of the Roma, Martina Maschke, and Committee members Gerhard Baumgartner and Dušan Slačka, attend the 2 August commemorations at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum to mark the day of remembrance for the victims of the genocide of the Sinti and Roma, on behalf of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance.

Germany passes bill to curb Holocaust denial in social media

24.07.2017

2 July, Berlin. The German Parliament passed a law that requires social media platforms to remove material with obviously illegal content and fake defamatory “news” or be subjected to heavy fines, reportedly of up to $56 million. Under the measure passed by the parliament, social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube must remove material with obviously illegal content and fake defamatory “news” within 24 hours of it having been reported. Previously, illegal material did not have to be removed after being reported.

Addressing antisemitism through education in Moldova

20.07.2017

The importance of combating antisemitism through education in Moldova was the focus of a roundtable discussion organized by the OSCE Mission to Moldova and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) in Chisinau on 18 July 2017. The event brought together some 20 Moldovan Government and Parliament officials, international experts, and representatives of academia and the Jewish community to discuss effective approaches to education on antisemitism in Moldova’s specific context. During the discussions, participants underscored that the best approach is one that systematically incorporates such study in the national curriculum.

Expert Meeting on addressing antisemitism through education

27.07.2017

On 13 July, 2017, some 50 experts, including representatives of governments, international organizations and the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), met to discuss effective practices and educational approaches to addressing antisemitism at an event at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris. The main focus of the event, organized by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and UNESCO, was the joint development of a guide for educational policy-makers.

Stories that Move. Toolbox against Discrimination

10.07.2017

The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) supports development of online teaching materials ‘Stories that Move. Toolbox against discrimination’.

The international youth conference Stories that Move, which took place in Berlin in 2013, was the inception point of a project to develop an online toolbox that challenges the critical thinking of learners on issues of diversity and discrimination.

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