"Education after Auschwitz"

"The prime demand upon all education is that Auschwitz not happen again."  
Theodor W. Adorno 1966


The teacher development project, 'Education after Auschwitz,' has been running since 1998 and is a joint project of the International School for Holocaust Studies in Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, and the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. Responsibility for the project lies with the provincial authority of Münster. By giving teachers an intense insight into the Holocaust and personal encounters with eye witnesses, the aim of the programme is to better equip them to deal with topics such as xenophobia, anti-semitism, right-wing extremism and violence in their classes.


Following the success of this teacher development programme, other North Rhine-Westphalian professional groups have recently started to visit the Yad Vashem memorial for professional development purposes. This helps to keep alive the memory of the Shoah, the singular atrocity of the Nazi regime and the immeasurable suffering of the Jewish people. In 2008, a group of  Düsseldorf policemen conducted a seminar in Yad Vashem for the first time, and judges and public prosecutors in North Rhine-Westphalia did the same in 2009. 

Teacher development in 2020

The teacher development seminar 'Education after Auschwitz' is a NRW-wide training development course and aims at teachers working at secondary levels I and II at all types of schools in the subjects history, politics, educational science, religion, German, music, arts and social sciences.

Aims of the seminar are,

  • to increase knowledge of the Holocaust,
  • to convey the importance of commemoration
  • to boost the role of values in education
  • to enable teachers to deal with and explain topics such as right-wing extremism, anti-semitism and xenophobia in greater depth. 

The seminar takes place in collaboration with the German department at the International School for Holocaust Studies (ISHS) in Yad Vashem. The educational concept of teacher development - giving a face to the victims, focusing on individual fates and enabling encounters with individuals - allows to transfer the lessons learned to the teaching of related topics such as emigration, exclusion and xenophobia. It also enables teachers to approach the topic of the 'Holocaust' more closely in classes.

  • Organisation, management and implementation: Kim Keen

  • Venue: The event will take place in Israel

  • Date: 10 to 23 October, 2020
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