The Crucial Role of Collecting Evidence and Testimonies

From 25-27 November 2016, Yahad-In Unum and the Mémorial de Caen Museum are organising a two-day Teachers’ Seminar in France (Paris and Caen)  on how to teach “the Holocaust by Bullets” and persecutions of the Roma in Eastern Europe. This seminar is designed to deepen teachers’ knowledge and understanding of the Holocaust in Eastern Europe, and the Genocide of Roma in Eastern Europe. Participants will also be introduced to new teaching tools and sources. The 2016 fall session is the seventh time that this seminar is offered by Yahad. As part of the seminar, participants will be invited to visit the Caen Memorial’s permanent exhibition, including the section dedicated to the Holocaust in Eastern Europe, which is based on Yahad’s research results.

The presentations will explain the different aspects of the Holocaust in the East: various steps and process of the extermination of the Jews in Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Poland, Russia and Lithuania. Other areas of focus will include killing methods; different phases of the concentration of Jews in work camps and ghettos, and the persecution of Roma communities. Speakers will discuss the various categories of actors, their roles and functions, and the points of the extermination process at which they were involved. They will also share resources designed for use in the classroom based on material provided by Yahad – In Unum.

The Seminar is intended for history teachers in high schools and secondary schools in Europe. Applications from Balkan states, Italy, Portugal, Hungary and Eastern Europe are particularly encouraged. A letter of interest and a resume can be send by September 18, 2016 to Julia Garmash.