Now in its 7th year, Chinese teachers are completing a two week Holocaust and Jewish studies programme at Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies in Jerusalem.
The programme is organised by Yad Vashem, with assistance from the International Centre for Jewish Studies (ICJS) which recruits the educators who participate in this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Participants this year met with H.E. Zhang Dejiang, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China, whose visit to Yad Vashem on 20 September coincided with their own.”Like you, I learned so much from the museum tour I just experienced,” Chairman Zhang told the participants. “We can never forget the crimes committed against the Jewish people by Nazi Germany… Activities you are engaging yourselves in here are therefore of great significance, as they enable you to spread the message of peace and justice. It is a very rare opportunity in your lifetime, which I hope all of you as young Chinese scholars and educators will cherish.”
The Chairman also toured the Holocaust History Museum, participated in a memorial ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance, visited the Children’s Memorial and signed the Yad Vashem Guest Book.