16 February 2012 - 23 Shevat 5772 - כ"ג שבט ה' אלפים תשע"ב

By staff writers

A group of twenty-two Chinese teachers and professors will be travelling to The International School for Holocaust Studies, at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. With support from the Adelson Family Foundation, the group will spend 2 weeks learning about the Holocaust. The educators departed on 3 October and will return 18 October. The seminar is the first ever for Chinese educators at Yad Vashem.

Participants will have a thorough grounding in the history of the Holocaust, with lectures on all aspects of this subject, visits to the Yad Vashem Museum, meetings and discussion with Holocaust survivors while interacting with leading historians and educators.

At the same time it is hoped that educators will find ways to draw connections with their own history and become motivated to teach their students about events in China, such as the Nanjing Massacre and the atrocities committed at Unit 731 in Manchuria, as well as acts of genocide in Asia, for example in Cambodia.

In addition to an intensive programme of learning, participants will also be taken on tours to important sites in Israel, including the Old City in Jerusalem, the Dead Sea, Masada and Tel Aviv.

Participants will have all their costs covered, including flights, hotel accommodation, food and the cost of the seminar.

Six people have been selected from Macau, two of them high-school teachers, one a PhD student at the University of Macau and the other a PhD student at the University of Hong Kong. The other two are a professional translator, and an MA student, also at the University of Macau.

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