CANDIAN JEWISH NEWS

Romania embracing Holocaust education

By JENNA ROSMAN
CJN Intern

TORONTO – The former director of the Holocaust Education and Memorial Centre of Toronto is helping Romania develop its Holocaust education teaching strategy.

Peninah Zilberman, who was director of the Holocaust Education and Memorial Centre of Toronto from 1989 until 1998, spent three weeks this past spring in Romania holding seminars for teachers. She made presentations in the capital, Bucharest, and the city of Cluj, in central Romania.

“As a child of Romanian Holocaust survivors, it was of utmost importance for me to have the opportunity to address Romanian teachers about the Holocaust,â€? said Zilberman, whose father currently spends half a year in Romania. Zilberman’s mother grew up in Sighet and lived on the same street as novelist and activist Elie Wiesel.

“My paternal grandparents brought me up with many stories about Romania, and in their memory and in the memory of my maternal grandparents, which I never knew, as they were gassed in Auschwitz, I felt very good for being able to guide Romanian teachers in their quest in teaching the Holocaust.â€?

Zilberman spent a day in May in Cluj, at Babes-Bolyai University, where she lectured to 30 teachers

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