At a seminar for teachers – knowledge of the history of the Jews of Lithuania

On 18-19 February a seminar was held in Kėdainiai for the teachers from Lithuania, interested in the history of Lithuanian Jews and the way to present this topic in the classroom and during after-school activities.

The seminar “The history of Lithuanian Jews in the context of the general education curriculum” was held at the Multicultural center of Kėdainiai Regional Museum. The seminar was attended by representatives of school administrations, teachers, educators, working in Tolerance education centers. The participants of the seminar were introduced to the education program of the International Commission on crimes of totalitarian regimes. Lecturer dr. Vilma Gradinskaitė gave lectures on Jewish customs, traditional celebrations and prosperous active cultural life in Lithuania until World War II. A historian, member of the International Commission dr. Arūnas Bubnys analyzed the causes of the Holocaust, the creation of ghettos and their liquidation in 1943 – 1944. Teachers got acquainted with Kėdainiai multicultural town, educational programs organized by the museum of Kėdainiai.

The seminar was organized by the Secretariat of the International Commission in cooperation with the Regional Museum of Kėdainiai and the World Jewish Congress International Yiddish Center Vilnius.