International seminar “The Holocaust as a starting point” in Vilnius

Between the 18 and 20 of October, an international seminar for teachers on “The Holocaust as a starting point” took place in Vilnius.


Lecturers from Lithuania, Poland, France, Croatia, and Germany. The International Seminar “The Holocaust as a Starting Point” was organized for teachers from Lithuania and Poland. The seminar program included lectures (on anti–Semitism, stereotypes, Soviet deportations, and the Holocaust) and methodological and creative workshops based on group work. The seminar participants got acquainted with the Paneriai Memorial’s history and attended a French Embassy reception later that day.

According to Bruno Boyer, a Memorial de la Shoah representative, this seminar is one of the international seminars that take place in Europe between neighboring countries. These seminars aim to discuss common historical topics and allow participants to cooperate and develop methodological materials used by teachers and educators from both countries.

The international event took place at the Vilna Gaon Museum of Jewish History on Naugardukas Street. The Memorial de la Shoah organization (France) organized the seminar in cooperation with the POLIN Museum (Poland), the Vilnius Gaon Museum of Jewish History, and the International Commission for the Evaluation of the Crimes by the Nazi and the Soviet Regimes in Lithuania. The seminar was supported by the European Commission and the Claims Conference organization.

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