Teacher Traineeship in the International School for Holocaust Studies, Yad Vashem, Israel

17-28 August in the International School for Holocaust Studies, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem 25 teachers and education workers from Lithuania attended ten-day international seminar. The attendees listened to the lectures on the life of Jewish communities before WWII and mass exterminations in Lithuania and Europe. The classes for Lithuanian educators were organised in Yad Vashem museum, archives, reflection and discussion centre.

The group was introduced to the publications and methodological material published by Yad Vashem and possibilities to attend virtual teaching courses. The seminar participants met the Holocaust survivor from Lithuania Yitzhak Arad who told the teachers not only his survival story, but also about his arrival to historical Motherland, fighting for the independence of Israel, and his long lasting  service as the Chairman of the Directorate of Yad Vashem.

The Minister Counsellor of Embassy of Lithuania, Ramūnas Davidonis met with the group of trainees. The educators learned about the mission of Lithuanian embassy in Israel, its communication and cooperation with abundant Litvak community, history evaluation and economical and political collaboration between Israel and Lithuania.

The trainees brought from the seminar not only some new knowledge, recommendations and advice for teaching the topic of the Holocaust, but also a deeper understanding of  the state of Israel, its inhabitants, culture and cherished
historical memory.