From Overseas Visitors, a Growing Demand to Study the Holocaust

(New York Times) Ethan Bronner - Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust memorial and museum, recently completed a 10-day seminar for 35 teachers and professors from Taiwan, most of whom had never before met a Jew. There were sessions on Nazi disputes over how to murder the Jews; propaganda art in the Third Reich; encounters with survivors; a history of anti-Semitism; and the dilemmas faced by leaders of the Jewish ghetto councils. "This week, I learned that inside the death camps people helped each other. It gives new meaning to human values," said Jen Hsiu-mei, a psychologist and early childhood educator. Seven decades after the Holocaust, with its survivors rapidly dying, Yad Vashem produces material in more than 20 languages, is active in 55 countries and puts on 70 seminars a year for groups of visiting educators.

2012-02-17 00:00:00

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