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Holocaust Education and the Prevention of Genocide

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Schloss Leopoldskron
Science and the Citizen 
The Global Prevention of Genocide: Learning From the Holocaust
28 Jun - 03 Jul, 2010
 The Second Annual Lloyd N. Cutler Lecture on the Rule of Law: Harold Hongju Koh -

Klaus Mueller (Chair) - Representative for Europe, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC
Suzanne Bardgett - Director of Holocaust Exhibition and Head of Holocaust and Genocide History, Imperial War Museum, London
Werner Dreier - Founding Director, _erinnern.at_, Bregenz
Deborah Dwork - Rose Professor of Holocaust History and Director of the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Clark University, Worcester
Richard J. Goldstone - International Jurist and Legal Scholar
Raquel Katzkowicz - Director, Albert Einstein School, Quito
Kimberly Mann - Manager, Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme, New York
Alexander Pollak - Programme Manager for Social Research, European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, Vienna
Marc Skvirsky - Vice President, Facing History and Ourselves, Brookline, MA
Gregory Stanton - Research Professor in Genocide Studies and Prevention, Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, Arlington, VA
Louse Wies Van der Laan - Chef de Cabinet of the President of the International Criminal Court, The Hague

Today, many states have recognized the importance of teaching about the Holocaust and using it as a mechanism for preventing racism, ethnic conflict, and genocide. There are a growing number of state mandates, as well as impressive private initiatives, that seek to achieve this. Nevertheless, at the classroom level few schools or universities have actually succeeded in implementing Holocaust education programs that link the history of the Holocaust with the contemporary prevention of racism and genocide. This failure is exacerbated by the continuing divide and lack of communication between individuals and organizations working in the fields of Holocaust studies, and those working in the area of genocide prevention. The aim of the Salzburg Global Seminar's project is, therefore, to make the prevention of genocide a central part of Holocaust education curricula.

The project has an advisory board whose members include:

  • Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations (Honorary President)
  • Yehuda Bauer, Professor of Holocaust Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Francis Deng, Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide
  • David Hamburg, President Emeritus, Carnegie Corporation of New York
  • Yehudit Inbar, Director, Museums Division, Yad Vashem
  • Klaus M├╝ller, Representative for Europe, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Gregory Stanton, Founder and President, Genocide Watch
The project was launched in June 2010 with an international conference, made possible by a generous grant from the Austrian Future Fund, which brought together educators, NGOs, policy makers and other experts working in the fields of both Holocaust studies and genocide prevention to consider the root causes of modern genocides and explore the ways in which Holocaust education programs can be developed to effectively combat contemporary expressions of racism, anti-Semitism, and ethnic conflict in different regions of the world.

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Panel discussions included: The Social and Ideological Context of Becoming a Perpetrator, The Role of States in Fomenting Racism, Genocide Prevention: A Blueprint for the Future, The Challenges and Successes of Holocaust and Genocide Education, and Training "Upstanders" not Bystanders.

The findings and recommendations of the conference were published in a report on "Best Practices" for linking Holocaust education with the prevention of contemporary ethnic conflicts, which is informing the development of the program in 2011, at which time we will begin working with educators from targeted regions in order to develop new tools and curricula that link Holocaust and genocide education with prevention.

Participants in the conferences include representatives from the following institutions:

Documentation Centre of Cambodia
European Fundamental Rights Agency
Human Rights Watch
Imperial War Museum
London School of Economics
  University of Salzburg
United Nations
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Voices of Rwanda
Yad Vashem

For more information, please contact Kaja Shonick Glahn


Gregory Stanton
Deborah Dwork


We are pleased to announce the publication of our 2010 session report on The Global Prevention of Genocide: Learning from the Holocaust. A pdf version of the report can be downloaded by clicking on the above image.

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