“The Holocaust as a starting point: comparing and sharing II”

Following the positive assessments and results from the first seminar organized in Thessaloniki in October 2017, around forty teachers from the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Greece (twenty from each side) participated at the second joint educational seminar “The Holocaust as a starting point: comparing and sharing II” held in the Holocaust Memorial Center in Skopje on 10-12 December 2018.

The seminar agenda included reports from the trainees who attended the first seminar in Thessaloniki; the long history of antisemitism; the deportation of the Jews from Bitola, Skopje and Stip; the repressive Nazi polices before and during the war; the turning point of the Holocaust legacy; the remembrance of the Holocaust in the South-Eastern Europe; comparing the Holocaust, genocide and mass atrocities; the genocide of the Sinti and Romain South-Eastern Europe, as well as two pedagogical workshops “Teaching about death camps: the case of Treblinka” and  “Understanding the Holocaust through the use of movies”.

The participants paid a visit to the Tobacco factory – Monopol, the site from which where 7,144 Jews were deported to the death camp Treblinka in 1943 and had guided tours at the exhibition of the Holocaust Memorial Center.

As a result of the expressed satisfaction with this kind of joint educational seminars and the opinion that they represent a useful tool to better understand the historical context of the Holocaust and provide a contribution to developing and enhancing good neighborly relations, it has been agreed to continue with this practice in the course of 2019.

The seminar was organized by the Holocaust Memorial Center in Skopje and Memorial de la Shoah in Paris, with support of the ministries of education of both countries, as well as the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany.

Participants of the educaitonal seminar. Credit: Jovan Tegovski