Education about the Holocaust

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 Advocacy and awareness raising

UNESCO organizes policy and advocacy events on education about the history of the Holocaust and genocide, both at Headquarters and around the world, in order to engage decision-makers in education and leading experts in the field in dialogue on best strategies and practices to introduce the subject in educational settings.

  • International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust
    27 January marks the anniversary of the liberation of the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Over 1.1 million people were killed in Auschwitz, including nearly 1 million Jews and tens of thousands of Poles, Roma and Sinti, Soviet prisoners of war and political opponents from all over Europe. To Know more
  • The “former-Yugoslav Pavilion” in Auschwitz: UNESCO supports discussions on the renovation and transformation of the Block nr. 17, located within the State Museum of Auschwitz-Birkenau, Poland, and on the setting up of a joint exhibition for Ex-Yugoslav countries (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia, and The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) on the Holocaust.


Technical guidance and capacity building

UNESCO works with interested Member States to introduce the subject in education systems by formulating guidance for curriculum and textbook development and revision and by providing, with a wide-range of partners, opportunities for capacity building of education stakeholders of the formal and non-formal education sectors.

  • UNESCO has created a Latin American Network for Education about the Holocaust and other Genocides comprising representatives of ministries of education of Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay. The Network meets regularly to foster regional dialogue on this issue of dealing with a past of mass atrocities through education and to design regional opportunities for capacity-building, notably in partnership with Yad Vashem.
  • The Conference for International Holocaust Education is a professional development programme designed jointly by UNESCO and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to support education stakeholders from all over the world develop national programmes of education about the Holocaust and other atrocities in history.  To know more (Video)
  • UNESCO and the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbooks Research have compiled guidelines for education stakeholders on how to develop and revise curricula and textbooks. The joint study the International Status of Education about the Holocaust also provides analyses on how the history of the Holocaust is taught worldwide. To know more

      -  The International Status of Education about the Holocaust
      -   Summary including guidelines for curriculum developers and textbook writers