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?“, 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.

Project partners

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