Slovak teachers will attend lectures about the holocaust at the Israeli Yad Vashem holocaust remembrance centre as part of the cooperation with Israel. Education Minister Peter Plavčan signed an agreement with Yad Vashem while on a visit to Israel on May 18.
The biggest holocaust remembrance centre in the world, Yad Vashem, was found in 1953 based on a decision made by the Israeli Parliament. Its role is to keep the remembrance of millions of holocaust victims during the Second World War alive.
The education of the younger generations should prevent extremism, antisemitism, racism, xenophobia and other forms of intolerance, according to Plavčan.
“Our aim is to support the critical thinking of young people and help them to recognize the lies about historical events,” said Plavčan, as quoted by the SITA newswire.
The Education Minister informed his Israeli partners on the specific steps that Slovakia has taken. He emphasized the founding of the first Slovak museum dedicated to holocaust victims but also the addition of history lessons and the organisation of excursions to Nazi work camps.