The Holocaust Education Project 2009, by Austrian Volunteer Gedenkdiener Adalbert Wagner
For more than 13 years Austrian Gedenkdiener (remembrance workers) have been working at the Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum. Some of them have launched Holocaust Education Projects at Lithuanian schools.
The current Gedenkdiener, Adalbert Wagner, has re-launched the same project and is eager to visit Lithuanian schools for lectures, workshops, discussions, etc. in the English or German language.
Adalbert Wagner on his project: “In the tradition of former Gedenkdiener, I am continuing and adapting the Holocaust Education Project in Lithuanian schools. Visiting 16-18 year old students, discussing and working on topics related to the Holocaust in Lithuania, anti-Semitism, racism and tolerance is one of my main focuses during my year on the Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum.
“By my work I do educate young Lithuanians to become responsible and tolerant Europeans in order to prevent xenophobia in our European society. The methods of group-work, open discussions, lectures, oral history and many others, allow me to help the students to get an understanding for the dimension of the Holocaust. Not just the Phrase “Never Again” will stick to the student’s mind, but also the will to act to prevent future genocides or crimes against ethnic minorities.
To educate teenagers to become responsible and open minded citizens is a goal that schools, youth movements, governments and educational Institutions such as the Jewish Museum are working for. Let’s work together, ‘cause we already have enough spineless adults.”
Adalbert Wagner at workshop about Ghetto children at Panevežys 9th secondary school