European Education Ministers Seminar - '' Teaching remembrance through cultural heritage ''
Cracow and Auschwitz-Birkenau - Poland - 4-6 May 2005
 Venue of the Seminar
 Jagiellonian University
 Collegium Novum
 24, Goleba Str.
 31-007 Cracow

A seminar on “Teaching remembrance through cultural heritage” took place at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow from 4 to 6 May, as part of the Polish chairmanship of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers and the commemorations to mark the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps. The seminar brought together Education Ministers from the 48 countries which have signed the European Cultural Convention, which this year celebrates its 50th anniversary

The aim was to promote a different approach to remembrance teaching, allowing young people to find out about various different aspects of cultural heritage.

The highlight of the event was the Day of Remembrance of the Holocaust, which this year tool place on 5 May (Europe Day). The ministers visited the site of the concentration camps and took part in a 3.5km “March of the Living” between the Auschwitz and Birkenau camps, alongside more than 20 000 young people.

Each minister had been invited to include a young person in his or her official delegation. On the basis of their previous knowledge and their feelings and reactions after visiting the camps, the young people have designed a plastic sculpture together, measuring 10m by 1.5m, which they have presented to the ministers.

Photo caption: "March of the living" in Auschwitz - 1992 - Copyright: Gamma

Declaration of the Ministers of Education on the occasion of the seminar “Teaching remembrance through cultural heritage”
Text of the Declaration
Draft Message to the Third Summit of Heads of State and Government
The message

Marek Edelman, the last surviving leader of the insurrection at the Warsaw ghetto [left] and Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger

Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger
- Interview
Marek Edelman - Interview

List of documents
Photos gallery

Opening speech
Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger
Mary Hanafin, Irish Minister for Education and Science

  Day of Remembrance
Declaration by the European Ministers of Education ( 18 October 2002)
Dates of Days of Remembrance in Europe

  60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz
The Council of Europe commemorates the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camps
Special file

Carole Reich
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