From June 29 until July 6, 2012 the educational course in Yad Vashem, was held for the fourth time in collaboration with the Jewish Museum of Greece, on teaching about the Holocaust in Greek schools.
25 educators from various parts of Greece and all educational levels, had the opportunity to travel to Israel and attend lectures by distinguished scholars, profoundly experienced on the subject and uniquely talented in conveying their knowledge. The program included educational philosophy and methodological approach – depending on the students’ age-, workshops as well as presentations of Yad Vashem educational material. Meeting Mrs. Artemis Meron, Holocaust survivor, was also a valuable experience, as was the presentation of documentary films of testimonies of other survivors – all of them Greek, and of their families (first and second generations) that gave the participants a complete view of the Holocaust.
Further to the presentations in the “classroom”, Mr. Yiftach Meiri, offered an amazing experience to the educators with his vivid and charismatic way of guiding the group through the Holocaust Museum, presenting historical events and some of the hundreds of thousands personal stories of people who were hunted, survived or perished. The participants toured also the exterior of Yad Vashem and were permitted to access its archives.
By the end of the seminar, all the participants expressed their contentment in attending, whereas Mrs. Treveza, JMG educator, encouraged them to contact the Jewish Museum of Greece for additional educational material, museum cases and programs ready for classroom use.
Impressions by the participating educators in their own words