Source: Government of Sweden
On Sunday 8 September, Minister for Education Anna Ekström will visit Yad Vashem, one of the world’s most prominent knowledge centres for Holocaust remembrance. Ms Ekström will be in attendance when a declaration of intent between the University of Gothenburg, the Living History Forum and Yad Vashem is signed in Jerusalem. This is the first declaration of intent between Yad Vashem and Sweden.
Yad Vashem is an Israeli authority, monument, archive and research centre that was founded in 1953 to conduct teaching and remembrance activities about the victims and heroes of the Holocaust. An exchange has been under way since 2017 on courses for Swedish teachers and school staff through the Segerstedt Institute at the University of Gothenburg. The signing will take place while a course for Swedish teachers is given at Yad Vashem.
“I am very pleased about this opportunity to join Swedish teachers in developing teaching about the Holocaust in Swedish schools. By supporting teaching about the Holocaust, we can promote tolerance, combat antisemitism and other forms of racism, and work to protect our open and democratic society,” says Ms Ekström.
Teaching the Holocaust is one of two themes at the Prime Minister’s high-level meeting on Holocaust remembrance and combating antisemitism that the Government will host in Malmö on 27–28 October 2020.