In cooperation with the National Library of Serbia, Terraforming hosted a roundtable debate in Belgrade:
Teaching about the Holocaust – Why? What? How?
Dr Chava Baruch, The European Department of Yad Vashem’s International School of Holocaust Studies (ISHS), Jerusalem, Israel.
Members of the Serbian IHRA Delegation; Representatives of the National library of Serbia, Historical Archives of Belgrade, Jewish and the Roma communities, scholars and researchers, Non-governmental organizations and activists, teachers, librarians, archivists, and others involved in some of the current and planned projects and initiatives in the fields related to Holocaust research, education and remembrance in Serbia.
This was an important opportunity to learn about Yad Vashem methodologies, and the Holocaust research, education and remembrance in general. Also, this was an opportunity for Serbian participants to get to know each other better and exchange experiences with a long-term aim to strengthen their network in the fields of Holocaust education, research and remembrance in Serbia.
The event was a part of the initiative by Terraforming to raise awareness among decision makers about the importance of the Holocaust research, education and remembrance, and to encourage cross-ministerial cooperation of the Serbian Ministries, such as Ministry of Education, Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Sports and Youth, and Ministry of Social Affairs (in charge of memorials and Memorial Days commemorations). The other goal was to engage new multipliers in Holocaust education such as archivists, librarians, museum curators, and other professionals.
Miško Stanišić, Terraforming
The debate took place at the National Library of Serbia in Belgrade on March 12. 2015
The Holocaust is a human story and should be taught as such, it is what gives it relevance today. In teaching we ask tree main questions: Why, What and How? It is important first to understand why this event should be taught and only than turn to the question of content and methodology.
Dr Chava Baruch