FRA: Holocaust Lessons Still Relevant in the 21st Century

FRA: Holocaust Lessons Still Relevant in the 21st Century

At a Ministerial Conference in Auschwitz on the 2010 International Remembrance Day for the Victims of the Holocaust, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) will release the findings of the first ever EU-wide study on the role of historical sites and museums in teaching about the Holocaust and human rights. The report reveals that at historical sites and in schools across the EU, teaching about the Holocaust rarely includes discussion of related human rights issues. Teachers and guides are regarded as key to ensuring interest in the subject, yet there is a lack of human rights training on behalf of both groups. Based on the findings of its study, the FRA encourages national governments to better integrate human rights education into their school curricula to reflect the significance of human rights for both the history and the future of the EU.

70 years after the 1938 Night of Pogrom, we must continue to teach the lessons of the Holocaust

"Paying respect to the victims, we must remember that the lessons of this greatest crime against humanity remain sadly relevant today", said Morten Kjaerum, Director of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), marking the 70th anniversary of the 1938 Night of Pogrom "Kristallnacht". "Learning from the past, we must empower people to understand the significance of human rights protection today", said Morten Kjaerum. FRA, in cooperation with Yad Vashem, is hosting a workshop for a network of educators on lessons from the Holocaust and its relevance for human rights education in Vienna on 10 November.
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