Future of Holocaust Education to Be Discussed during Public Briefing for Non-Governmental Organizations at United Nations, 28 January

Note No. 6469
25 January 2016

Future of Holocaust Education to Be Discussed during Public Briefing for Non-Governmental Organizations at United Nations, 28 January

The Department of Public Information will hold a briefing for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the public on the future of Holocaust education.

Organized by The Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme, in cooperation with the NGO Relations, Advocacy and Special Events Section, the briefing will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, 28 January, in Conference Room 4 of the United Nations Secretariat.  The Programme will bring together experts from academic institutions and international organizations, researchers, educators and authors, who will examine current trends in Holocaust research and education.  Key questions to be addressed include:  how to expand teacher training and Holocaust education around the world; how to adapt to a changing environment with the rise of multicultural classroom settings and loss of the eyewitnesses to the Holocaust; and what role international organizations have to play in the field.

Serving as panellists will be Cecilie Felicia Stokholm Banke, Senior Researcher, Danish Institute for International Studies; Szabolcs Takács, Chair, International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance; Jane Jacobs-Kimmelman, Director, International Relations Department, International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem, The Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes Remembrance Authority; Zehavit Gross, Professor, Bar-Illan University; and Debórah Dwork, Rose Professor of Holocaust History and Director, Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Clark University.  Hawa Diallo, Information Officer, NGO Relations, will open the discussion, and Kimberly Mann, Chief of the Education Outreach Section, will be the moderator.

The briefing is one in a series of events organized by the United Nations to observe the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.  The lead event will be the annual ceremony to be held on 27 January in the General Assembly Hall.  The theme of the 2016 observances is “The Holocaust and Human Dignity”.  With guidance and support from the Holocaust Programme, United Nations information centres have reported plans to hold 115 memorial and educational events in 34 countries.

Guests may register to attend the briefing at http://bit.ly/DPINGO2016.  Photo identification is required to pass through United Nations security screening at the 1st Avenue and 46th Street entrance.

The Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme was established by General Assembly resolution 60/7 in 2006 to further education about and remembrance of the Holocaust and thereby help prevent future acts of genocide.  Its multifaceted programme includes online and print educational products, seminars, exhibitions, a film series and the annual worldwide observance of the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust, held on 27 January.

Media contact:  Aaron J. Buckley, United Nations Department of Public Information; tel.: +1 212 963 4632, e-mail:  buckleya@un.org.

For media accreditation, please contact the United Nations Media Accreditation and Liaison Unit at www.un.org/en/media/accreditation.

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