2017 - 02 - 06Ellen Cassedy’s Diary of the Vilnius Yiddish Summer Program 2016 Our dear colleague, author and translator Ellen Cassedy has published an article about Vilnius Yiddish Summer Program for the Jewish women’s magazine “Na’amat.” It’s in the form of a diary of the month she spent here last summer. You can read the article here – cassedyyiddishmonthnaamat
2016 - 10 - 03Book about Irena Veisaite
In October, 2016 the Lithuanian Embassy in France hosted presentation of the book by Yves Plasseraud „Irena Veisaite: Tolerance and Involvement“.
The book is about the life of Irena Veisaite, a Lithuanian theatre scholar, human rights activist, and Holocaust survivor in Lithuania. Veisaite‘s life can be viewed as a resumé of the XXth century East-European history. The presentation of the book and discussion was moderated by prof. Sarunas Liekis, director of the Vilnius Yiddish Institute.
You may read more about Irena Veisaite http://www.baltictimes.com/a_baltic_woman_ahead_of_her_time/
2016 - 09 - 29International Holocaust Education Tool for Lithuanian schools
Starting with 2016 the Vilnius Yiddish Institute participates in the international project aiming to create an interactive comprehensive tool for Holocaust education. Together with the European partners from Austria, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Sweden, the VYI will work on an interactive pedagogical tool for Holocaust education in Lithuania and Europe.
The project will use an already exciting teaching platform „What Does it Mean to Be a Human Being?“, http://what-is-a-human-being.skma.se/en/ created by the project leading organization, the Swedish Committee against Anti-Semitism.
The platform will include testimonies of the Holocaust survivors from each participating country supplemented with the historical material in order to give a broader context and support personal stories. The testimonies will be in local languages with subtitles in national languages of the project partners, in addition to English.
Teaching about the Second World War is part of the curricula of most European countries. The challenge of the educators throughout Europe is the need to improve and foster Holocaust education in a new and innovative way. The project is relevant due to the present situation in Europe, where racism, xenophobia, extremism and anti-Semitism are growing and are part of the daily news. The project aims to approach the Holocaust not only locally, but through the angle of general human values. The project organizations hope this work will have a direct impact on how educators in Europe see and exercise Holocaust and Human Rights’ Education.
International Comprehensive Tool for Holocaust Education (no. 2016-1-SE01-KA201-022144) is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.
The Swedish Committee against Anti-Semitism
Institute for Tolerance in Lodz, Poland
POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Warsaw
Asociatia Memoriala Hebraica, Romania
Universitaet Klagenfurt, Austria
The Vilnius Yiddish Institute, Lithuania
The Zachor Foundation, Hungary