France Éducation international (former CIEP)
Created in 1945, France Education International (former CIEP) is an institution of the French Ministry of National Education. Its missions, which are part of the government’s international cooperation priorities, centre on three areas of activity:
- cooperation in the areas of education, professional training and the quality of higher education;
- support for the promotion of the French language around the world by training teachers and education managers and by issuing certifications in French;
- international mobility for people through language assistant and teacher exchange programmes, as well as the issuing of foreign qualification comparability certificates.
To carry out its projects, the CIEP relies on the know-how of a team of 250 staff as well as on a network of over 1 000 experts and national and international partners.
Mémorial de la Shoah
The Memorial de la Shoah is an institution deeply rooted in the history of the Holocaust and WWII; it dates back to 1943 when the “Contemporary Centre of Jewish Documentation” was founded to collect documents and evidence on the persecutions of European Jews. Archives and documents collected served as a basis for the Nuremberg trials and trials of famous Nazis such as Klaus Barbie.
The Memorial as we know it today was renovated in 2005. It is now many things at once: a museum hosting a permanent exhibition on the Holocaust in France and in Europe, two temporary exhibitions a year and many cultural events (panel discussions, film screenings, testimonies, etc.); an archival center open to researchers that holds over 40 million archive pieces; and a place of remembrance and the transmission of memory.
The Memorial’s missions include promoting the memory and study of the Holocaust and 20th century genocides, deriving the necessary lessons from the past and reflecting on contemporary challenges. More generally, the Memorial is very active in the area of peace education, intercultural dialogue and education against antisemitism, racism, intolerance, hatred and xenophobia.
Among its activities, the Memorial is widely known for its pedagogical work with school children – an average 60.000 of whom are welcomed per year – as well as its trainings for teachers, educators, civil servants, policy makers and members of civil society.
EUROCLIO – European Association of History Educators
EUROCLIO- European Association of History Educators- was established in 1992, with the support of the Council of Europe, to support the development of responsible and innovative history, citizenship, and heritage education as a way to promote critical thinking, mutual respect, peace, stability, and democracy. It implements projects and activities with over 25.000 history educators from over 50 countries in the fields of cultural heritage, digital learning, inclusion and diversity, peace and reconciliation and remembrance.
Kazerne Dossin – Memorial, Museum and Documentation Centre on Holocaust and Human Rights
Between 1942 and 1944, 25,484 Jews and 352 gypsies were deported from the 18th century Dossin barracks. Just over 5% returned from Auschwitz-Birkenau. Kazerne Dossin is an intense and unique place of commemoration. The museum deals with the persecution of Jews and gypsies in Belgium. Until mid-1942, the occupier was able to count everywhere on the often supportive cooperation of the authorities. How was that possible? Why this persecution? What did it mean for the victims and how did they react? Was there no resistance? These are core questions in the museum.
Kazerne Dossin does not only deal with the ‘Belgian case’ but it is also a museum about massive violence. Taking the Holocaust as basis, Kazerne Dossin searches for timeless mechanisms of group pressure and collective violence that can result under certain conditions in mass murder and genocide. This question touches the core of modern human rights with emphasis on freedom and non-discrimination. The behaviour of the perpetrators and opportunists serves as basis for alerting the visitor to collective violent mechanisms among us and to the possibility to say ‘no’. Such an approach demands a special method. For this purpose, the visitor starts the visit by viewing an introduction movie in which the museum and its disturbing questions are presented.
CESIE is a European Centre for Studies and Initiatives based in Sicily. It is a non-profit, apolitical, and non-governmental organisation. It was established in 2001, inspired by the work and theories of the pacifist Danilo Dolci (1924-1997).
CESIE links local, national and international contexts and is committed to stimulating development and change in educational, cultural and economic spheres through the creation and use of innovative tools and methods. The organisation is divided into six Units which work together and manage activities in their specific fields: Higher Education and Research, Rights and Justice, Adult, Migration, School, Youth.
- To improve lifelong education in Europe through transnational projects involving local communities
- To promote sustainable development of neighbouring regions and beyond through training and education
- To foster progress and innovation in Higher Education and Research
- To support learning mobility for people at all ages, across borders and sectors
- To stimulate local growth by adapting international good practices and methods
The head office can be found in the city centre of Palermo with other offices in India, Nepal and Senegal. CESIE coordinates the CESIE Network which is composed of more than 200 organizations throughout the world who share our mission and collaborate with us.
Żydowski Instytut Historyczny
The Jewish Historical Institute is a repository of documentary materials relating to the Jewish historical presence in Poland. It is also a centre for academic research, study and the dissemination of knowledge about the history and culture of Polish Jewry.
The archival collections of the Institute consist of seven million pages of varied documents. The main part of the archival collection of the JHI consists of materials collected immediately after the World War II by the Central Jewish Historical Commission. The most valuable and significant part of the collection is the Underground Warsaw Ghetto Archive, also known as the Ringelblum Archive, which has been included in the UNESCO register Memory of the World. The Ringelblum-Archive contains a huge variety of documents, among others diaries, accounts from approximately 300 Jewish communities from all the territory of occupied Poland, school essays, research works – and also official German documents such as posters, identification cards and food ration cards. There are also some 90 photographs and over 300 drawings and paintings.
JHI functions both as a depository of the memory of the past as well as distinguishes itself as a living cultural center – a place that actively participates in the process of creating historical awareness and forming civic attitudes.
Holocaust Education Trust Ireland (HETI)
Holocaust Education Trust Ireland is an independent not-for-profit national charity which was established in 2005. The main purpose of the organisation is to educate and inform the Irish people about the Holocaust in order to raise awareness about antisemitism and all forms of racism and intolerance in Ireland. It does this through designing and delivering carefully structured educational programmes and cultural projects. In facilitating these programmes, HETI works in partnership with schools, third level colleges, and other centres of education, community groups, intercultural bodies and artists.
HETI has a board of voluntary Trustees who are responsible for the governance and strategic direction of the trust. The Board is supported in its work by subcommittees that oversee finance, succession planning and governance. The work of the organisation is managed by a small team led by the Director and supported by Board members, partner organisations and volunteers.
In order to prevent the recurrence of atrocities similar to the Holocaust, it is essential to focus on education and advocacy. The relevance and consequences of the Holocaust in our world today is highlighted by HETI’s positive approach to education that respects diversity and inclusion.
HETI’s international networking includes the leadership of and participation in a number of European programmes. HETI is a member of the Irish delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA).
_erinnern.at_ is the Holocaust Education Institute of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education. _erinnern.at_ develops with European and international partner organisations educational materials in the field of Holocaust Education and prevention of Antisemitism and Racism. Such Materials include educational websites, learning apps, teaching materials, youth books, exhibitions for schools and educational programs at memorial sites. Some of these educational materials have been recognized as international best practice and had been mentioned as “best practice” in UNESCO publications. In 2018 two educational materials developed by _erinnern.at_ received the Comenius-EduMedia-Medaille and the Worlddidac Award. _erinnern.at_ is also involved in teacher training and conducts trainings in all Austrian federal states throughout the year and organizes annually two seminar that last several days with more than hundred participants and teacher trainings in Israel. We manage a network of educators that offers consultation and services to educators in all Austrian federal states. Since several years _erinnern.at_ organizes on behalf of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education school discussions with survivors of the Holocaust. _erinnern.at_ is engaged in international research projects, such as a project to evaluate the use of tablets in history education or a publication project on video testimonies of victims of National Socialism.