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Teacher Conference - Teaching and learning about the Holocaust and Antisemitism

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On the occasion of the Swedish IHRA Presidency, a reunion was organized on the 13 June for Swedish teachers who had been to The Yad Vashem. The aim of the day was to reconnect to the experiences from Yad Vashem, and discuss the contemporary and future needs in Sweden for elaborated teaching and learning on the Holocaust and antisemitism.

  • Anna Ekström, Minister for Education, addressing the teachers.

    Anna Ekström, Minister for Education, addressing the teachers.

    Photo: Government Offices of Sweden

  • Micael Bindefeld and Christer Mattsson, talking about the work of the Micael Bindefeld foundation.

    Micael Bindefeld and Christer Mattsson, talking about the work of the Micael Bindefeld foundation.

    Photo: The Segerstedt Institute

  • Holocaust survivor Tobias Rawet.

    Holocaust survivor Tobias Rawet.

    Photo: Government Offices of Sweden

  • The Mother´s Day card from the ghetto.

    The Mother´s Day card from the ghetto.

    Photo: Government Offices of Sweden

The educators Noa Mkayton and Yiftach Meiri held workshops on ”Teaching about Antisemitism” and ”Identifying Antisemitic Language” with over 70 teachers from all over Sweden. 

The teachers also got to see the first objects of the New Swedish Holocaust Museum and met with Tobias Rawet, Holocaust survivor, who told them about the Mother’s Day card that he had bought as a child and given to his mother in a Polish ghetto, and which is now included in the exhibition.

”This day will make a real difference. Thank you, teachers from all parts of the country, and  partners who made this day possible, for all your genuine dedication. I am so glad and happy that we can do this also as part of the Swedish Presidency of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, IHRA, which is dedicated to promoting Holocaust education, research and remembrance”, said IHRA Chair, ambassador Ann Bernes. 

Adresses where also made by Anna Ekström, Minister for Education, Kerstin Lundgren, Third Deputy Speaker and Alice Bah Kuhnke, Member of the European Parliament, among others.

The Teachers’ Conference was organized in partnership with the Segerstedt Institute, The Living History Forum, The Swedish Committee Against Antisemitism, The Micael Bindefeld Foundation, The Swedish History Museum and The Embassy of Israel in Sweden which took the initiative.