Around forty-five history teachers from North Macedonia, Albania and Serbia participated in the first trilateral educational seminar “The Holocaust as a starting point: comparing and sharing” held in the "Holocaust Memorial Center of the Macedonian Jews", held in Skopje from 26 to 28 March 2019.
In their opening remarks the Director of the Holocaust Memorial Center, G. Sadikarijo, the Head of the Delegation of North Macedonia to the IHRA, Ambassador J. Tegovski, the French ambassador in Skopje, C. Thimonier and the Head of International Relations at the Memorial de la Shoah, B. Boyer, underlined the importance of educational and pedagogical seminars of this nature, in particular in light of the different historical narratives in the countries of the region that very often produce different counter narratives. Therefore, it is a duty and obligation of the educators to continuously enhance the educational process of the young generations and to advance their knowledge and understanding of historical and contemporary aspects of the Holocaust.
The seminar agenda included short presentations on pedagogical initiatives and experiences related to the Holocaust in the three countries, as well as on the topics of antisemitism and Social Networks; The Holocaust in former Yugoslavia; Conspiracy Theories and how to challenge them?; Jewish refugees in Albania during WWII; German and Italian occupation 1939-1844 in Kosovo, Albania and bordering territories, Pressure and motivation for collaboration in western parts of the Balkans; The Righteous Among the Nations in Albania, North Macedonia and Serbia and New interpretation of the Balkan wars. In addition, two pedagogical workshops on the subjects: “What is it you (think you) see? – Working with historical photographs in a pedagogical context” and Coming to terms with the past? Holocaust remembrance in Germany” were held and reports about the implementation of the knowledge provided during the seminar were presented.
The participants also took part in a guided tour of the new permanent exhibition of the Holocaust Memorial Center.
The seminar was organized by the Holocaust Memorial Center from Skopje and Memorial de la Shoah from Paris, with the support of the ministries of education, the Claims Conference, the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany, the French Embassy in Skopje and Euroclio. This seminar could also be considered as continuation of a very useful practice established in the course of the last two years when four bilateral seminars for history teachers from North Macedonia and Bulgaria and from North Macedonia and Greece on the same topic were held.