Colloquy and ministerial seminar “Teaching about the Holocaust and artistic creation” - Strasbourg, 17-18 octobre 2002

Colloquy and ministerial seminar on “Teaching about the Holocaust and artistic creation”

This Colloquy was held at the Council of Europe on 17 October to study the main forms of contemporary artistic representation of the Shoah and their educational use. Organised jointly by the Council of Europe, the International Task Force for Holocaust Remembrance, and the Fondation pour la mémoire de la Shoah, the colloquy was followed on 18 October by a ministerial seminar for the Ministers of Education of the States Signatories to the European Cultural Convention. This event was also the occasion for the official launching of the “Day for Remembrance of the Holocaust and Prevention of Crimes against Humanity” in schools. (more…)

The colloquy in pictures


List of participants in the ministerial seminar

Speakers at the Colloquy

Presentation of the colloquy


Simone Veil: ''Teaching about the Shoah is an absolute necessity''

''The era of witnesses is ending. What effect will this have on commemoration of the Shoah and its transmission to the rising generations ?'' asked Simone Veil, a survivor of Auschwitz and President of the Foundation for the Memory of the Shoah, in her address today to the participants in a Council of Europe Colloquy on the Holocauste and artistic creation. (more…)

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Xavier Darcos: “Absolute evil exists and this is sometimes difficult to get across to young people who think everything is relative''

Opening the ministerial Seminar, the French Minister of School Education stressed the need to teach the history of the extermination of the Jews in Europe always and with perseverance. (more…)

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Europe must inculcate in its children a duty of remembrance

Council of Europe Secretary General Walter Schwimmer said that member states had to inform young persons, those who would in future carry the burdens of state, about crimes against humanity. (more…)

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Interview with Gunther Volk: ''By giving history a human dimension, literature brings the past to life''

A teacher of English at Hoptbühl Secondary School in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, Gunther Volk has, for some years now, been including in his lessons the study of plays by English-speaking Jewish playwrights who tackle the theme of the Holocaust. (more…)


Yehuda Bauer: artistic interpretation serves to broach the basic issues of the Holocaust

Yehuda Bauer is Professor Emeritus of History at the Hebraic University of Jerusalem and academic adviser to the Yad Vashem Foundation. He says artists working on the Holocaust aim to do more than simply depict it.


Organisation of the Colloquy workshops

Workshop 1 : Depicting the Holocaust – plastic arts

Workshop 2 : Depicting the Holocaust – cinema and television

Workshop 3 : Depicting the Holocaust – theatre and literature

Workshop 4 : What kinds of museography for the Holocaust ?

The exhibitions in pictures

The Task force for international co-operation on Holocaust education, remembrance and research

Council of Europe publishing

Teaching about the Holocaust in the 21st century (2001)

The Holocaust in the school curriculum : a European perspective (1998)

The Europe of cultural co-operation

Useful links

History teaching

Learning and teaching about the history of Europe in the 20th century

Teaching about the Holocaust

Research and Study Center (RSC) for Holocaust Education

Cultural activities in Strasbourg

European Cultural Convention