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by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2007-08-17

Teachers at Yad Vashem

Teachers at Yad Vashem

Teachers from across the UK are taking part in a 10 day Holocaust training seminar in Israel at the Yad Vashem memorial museum.

The 21 teachers who left on August 10 were selected by submitting an application detailing their experience of teaching the Holocaust in school and what they hope they would get out of the trip.

The seminar was organised by the UK-based Holocaust Educational Trust and Yad Vashem.

Among the sessions attended by the teachers were ‘The universal aspects of the Holocaust vis-a-vis other genocides’ and ‘Jewish identity in a world of chaos’.

"The course has enabled me to understand and explore the issues surrounding the Holocaust in much greater depth and has highlighted the impact of individual responsibility," said RE teacher Adrienne Jervis from Lytham St. Anne's High Technology College in Lancashire. "I will be able to pass on to my students, not just a greater awareness of the past, but particularly a profound understanding of the contemporary lessons of the Holocaust."

Karen Pollock, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust said she was "proud that we can facilitate this course for UK teachers."