Czechs host Holocaust education meeting
The education ministers of 50 European countries gathered for a two-day seminar on the Holocaust.

The Council of Europe seminar, which opened Monday, is being held at the Terezin (Theresienstadt) museum and memorial on the grounds of the former concentration camp in the Czech Republic.

Czech Education Minister Petra Buzkova told attendees that teachers should help students see the connections between Nazism and the activities of some skinhead groups today.

“I don’t think one should consider hooliganism by young frustrated radicals the same as Nazi crimes, but one definitely should point out a number of identical qualities, and similar tendencies and dangers that may be hidden in extreme actions that seem to be mere hooliganism,â€? she said.

The seminar aims to identify best practices for Holocaust education. The keynote speech will be given Tuesday by former Czech President Vaclav Havel, who played a key role in setting up Holocaust education in the Czech Republic in the late 1990s.