OSCE and Yad Vashem Publish Guidelines for Teachers to Commemorate Holocaust Victims

(BRUSSELS/JERUSALEM – January 26, 2006) Marking the first international day for Holocaust remembrance, Yad Vashem and the Organization for Security Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) have published guidelines for educators on commemoration for Holocaust Remembrance Days.

The guidelines were developed as a practical tool for educators in order to support their efforts to plan and organize projects or commemorative events in order to ensure that the memory of the victims of the Holocaust will be maintained and continued in the future. The guidelines will be launched on January 27, at a commemoration ceremony for the victims of Holocaust, hosted by the Belgian Chairmanship of the OSCE in Brussels.

Currently available in four languages, (English, Russian, French, Flemish) the guidelines will be translated into additional languages over the coming months. They will be available for free, on both the 55-member state OSCE and Yad Vashem websites and in hard copy with an accompanying CD of best practice examples.

Funded by the Asper International Holocaust Studies Program, supported by the Asper Foundation, and developed with the support of the Government of Germany.

The guidelines will be available on the following links as of 27 January.