Centro Ana Frank Argentina


The International Seminar "Meaningful experiences with the challenge of teaching the Holocaust and Genocides of the XXI century" took place in Buenos Aires

International Seminar - IHRA

During September 14th and 15th, the *International Seminar “Meaningful experiences with the challenge of teaching the Holocaust and Genocides in the XXI century” *took place in the Ministry of Education of Argentina, the Centro Ana Frank and the museum el Sitio de la memoria ESMA.

This meeting was developed in the frame of the compromise that Argentina helds as a member of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA)and it was organized by UNESCO, the Centro Ana Frank Center, the Ministry of Education of Argentina and IHRA with the aim of encouraging the work that it´s being develop by the governments as well as the civil society organisations to promote educational actions for the memory, human rights and citizen training.

Historical events that are so significant such as the Holocaust, the last dictatorship in Argentina and genocides during the XX century, which have marked a turning point, invite us to think about the past but, mostly, to reflect about our present in order to work with discrimination and violence issues in our days.

The opening committee was made up of the national minister of Education, Alejandro Finocchiaro, the secretary of Human Rights, Claudio Avruj, the director of the Centro Ana Frank, Héctor Shalom and the UNESCO representative, Karel Fracapane. In this context, our director said: “From the Centro Ana Frank, we advocate for the pedagogy and memory as a place where it is possible to take, from the darkest events of the history, learnings that allow to have a possitive and hopeful view of the future”.

openening committee

The next panel discussion was “Between the past and the future: the challenges of teaching the Holocaust”, moderated by UNESCO and formed by Celeste Adamoli, from the national Minister of Education, Rabbi Silvina Chemen from the Centro Ana Frank, Jan Van Kooten, representative of the National Committee for 4 and 5 May, Holland, and Elke Gryglewski, representative of the House of the Wannsee Conference, German.

Between the past and the future panel

This was followed by “Memory and Human Rights: current perspectives” formed by
Graciela Fernández Meijide, human rights activist, Rabbi Daniel Goldman from Bet El Community and Alejandra Naftal, director of the Sitio de Memoria de la ESMA. This discussion panel was coordinated by Andrés Delich, ex national minister of Education.


Then, Sara Rus, a Shoah survivor and Mother of Plaza de Mayo, presented by Rabbi Silvina Chemen, moved with her testimony about her days during the Holocaust, as well as about the story of her missing son, disappeared during the state terrorism that took place in our country during 1976- 1983. Undoubtedly, her story and the fact she is 90 years old, touched all the auditorium so she received a huge applause.

Sara Rus Testimony

After this events, 4 different tables for exchanging ideas started, integrated by important international and national guests, members of very known organisations from all over the world which exposed and exchange enriching experiences according to the work they develop every day.

different tables for exchanging ideas

The participants also visited the wall painting “MEMORIA AMIA”, which allows to: the Holocasut, Malvinas, the AMIA attack, the Armenian Genocide, missing people during the last dictatorship in Argentina and the fight of native people, all made by Mariano Sapia, Leonardo, Faradje, Omar Panosetti, Claudio Gallina, Diego Perrotta and Leonel Luna.

During the evening, it started the panel “New horizons: education, diversity and human rights”, coordinated by our director Hector Shalom and formed by Max Gulmanelli, secretary of the National Minister of Education, Omar Ahmed Abboud, congressman of Buenos Aires City and representative of the Islamic Community, and Ignacio Hernaiz, from OEIMERCOSUR.

New horizons panel

The intense day ended with the presentation of the play “Janusz Korczak, Master of Humanity”, interpreted and directed by Osvaldo Tesser.

Korczak´s play

Second day of the International Seminar

The second day of the Seminar was held at our Museum, where Hector Shalom welcomed all the participants and developed the ideological and pedagogical foundations that guide the development of the Centro Ana Frank Argentina arround the country and, starting in October, also in Uruguay and Paraguay.

In addition, we talked about all the activities we carry out and the Rabbi Silvina Chemen, presented the book “Testimonies for Never More, Ana Frank to our days” as a conceptual core idea of articulation between the mechanisms and procedures of Nazism, the dictatorship in our countr and current situations of discrimination, violence and violation of human rights in our days. Along this journey, the participants were received by our young guides to tour the museum and know our exhibitions.

Seminar in the Centro Ana Frank
Seminar in the Centro Ana Frank

During this day, the exchanging table of educational experiences continued, composed by the members of the different participating organizations. And all the attendees were able to tour all the exhibitions and interactive experiences of the Centro Ana Frank.

Patrick Siegele, director of the Anne Frank Zentrum in Berlin, narrate the work they carry out in the organization, and Karel Fracapane, representant of UNESCO and Coordinator of the Latin American Network for teaching the Holocaust and other Genocides in the XX century, presented the Guide to Teaching the Holocaust.

At the end of these presentations, the participants went to the ESMA Memory Site, where they were greeted by its director Alejandra Naftal and Daniel Tarnopolsky, the only survivor of a family decimated by the dictatorship. Guided visits were made to learn about the events that occurred there during the last military dictatorship.

Visiting the ESMA

Then, it took place the panel “Transmission and legacy: testimony as a tool for the prevention of human rights violations” integrated by the Federal Judge Sergio Torres, in charge of the ESMA case and president of the Academic Advisory Council of Centro Ana Frank, Diana Wang, representative of Generations of the Shoah, and Yael Siman, member of Facing History and Ouerselves, Mexico.

Transmission and legacy panel

The International Seminar ended with the presentation of the itinerant musical play “El Diario de Ana Frank”, recently released, co-produced by the Centro Ana Frank Argentina and the Generarte Group in the framework of the Cultural Sponsorship program of Buenos Aires City Government, presented as a new resource of the C.A.F. for the dissemination of the legacy of Anne Frank.

The music play

Our sincere THANK YOU

We want to thank all the organizers with whom we worked closely, the team of Education and Memory of the Ministry of Education, as well as the more than 150 participants from 10 countries and the 24 provinces, from states and provincial programs, memory sites and educational organizations of the civil society.

To the speakers, collegues who presented their experiences. It have really been intense, deep and high quality academic work days, estimulating and motivating exchange. It allowed us to know personal knowledge thanks to the stories and experiences shared by people who are *deeply envolved *in the educational work about the Holocaust´s memory, truth, memory and justice, as well as the full defense of human rights.

To everyone, thank you very much!