[LH] No. 5, August 2000

15.12.2015. 16:53

LATVIA'S HISTORY: EDUCATION, REMEMBRANCE, RESEARCH

August, 2000 (5)


HEADLINES

  • Centre for Judaic Studies in Riga Starts Its 3rd Study Year

  • Holocaust Education in Schools – the Practice of Three Years

  • Special Course on the History of Anti-Semitism Taught at the Latvian Christian Academy

  • "New Ways to the Past" - New Teacher Guide for History Education Developed In Co-operation with the EUROCLIO network

  • International Conference "The History of the Baltic States and the Young Generation" Held in Vilnius


Centre for Judaic Studies in Riga Starts its 3rd Study Year

On September 1, the Centre for Judaic Studies in Riga starts its third study year. The CJS was established in July 1998 under the auspices of the University of Latvia and supported by the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture. The main objective of the Centre for Judaic Studies is to give students, academic staff members and other members of society the opportunity to obtain wide range knowledge in different levels, concerning the whole variety of subjects in the field of Jewish history, philosophy, religion, traditions and the Hebrew language. One of the priorities of the Centre is the history of Jews in Latvia and the Baltic region, including the history of the Holocaust.

The Centre has organised and carried out several lecture courses on the history, culture and philosophy of the Jewish people including a lecture course History of Jews in Latvia from 16th Century until Nowadays. These courses have been included in the curriculum of study programmes for the students striving for the BA and MA degrees at the Faculty of History and Philosophy and the Faculty of Theology at the University of Latvia, as well as for the students of other faculties and other universities. A number of public lectures for broader audience have also been held.

The Centre for Judaic Studies is also the main organiser of the international conference "Jews in the Changing World". Three conferences have been held so far. On October 26-27, 1999 the 3rd International conference "Jews in the Changing World" took place in Riga. The conference focused on outstanding Jewish personalities in the history of Latvia and the Baltics, including thinkers and leaders in religion, science, medicine, and the humanities.

Centre for Judaic Studies at the University of Latvia

University of Latvia, 19 Raina blvd. 
Riga, LV 1586, Latvia 
Tel.: (+371) 7 034 421; 
Fax: (+371) 7 820 113
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Address to the conference "Jews in the Changing World" by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia Mr. Indulis Berzins: http://www.mfa.gov.lv/eng/news/speeches/ib/ib991026.htm

Holocaust Education in Schools – the Practice of Three-Years

The Ministry of Education and Science has been actively supporting the teaching of Latvia's history. Particular attention has been paid to inclusion of separate historical events and sensitive and tragic aspects of history, especially, the Holocaust, in educational programmes. Since 1997 the studies of the Holocaust history in the territory of Latvia are part of the compulsory history curriculum for secondary schools. The issue of the Holocaust is included in all history textbooks circulated to the schools.

Among the books, presently available to the pupils throughout Latvia, are: "The History of Latvia: the Years of Occupation", 1998; "History of Modern Times: the 20th Century", 1998; "Jews in Latvia", 1996. "The History of Jews in Latvia" by Prof. Dov Levin was translated into Latvian in 1999.

Special Course on the History of Anti-Semitism Taught at the Latvian Christian Academy

The Latvian Christian Academy, founded in 1993, provides education in social care, public relations, psychology and other subjects, which are studied in the light of the common Judeo-Christian heritage. Since its foundation a special course on the history of anti-Semitism has been launched.

Since 1994 the courses "Jewish Roots of Christianity", "The Old Testament" and studies of the Biblical and modern Hebrew languages are offered by the Academy. It is possible for the students of the Academy to improve knowledge in Jewish culture and language at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Apart from the study work, the Academy has initiated and carried out translation from Yiddish to Latvian of the book "The Nazarene" (1999) by Scholem Asch and "The Sunflower" by Simon Wiesenthal (2000).

Latvian Christian Academy
Tel: (+371) 7 753 360 
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"New Ways to the Past" - New Teacher Guide for History Education Developed in Co-operation with the EUROCLIO Network

August 28, presentation of a new teacher guide for history education "New Ways to the Past" took place in Riga. The History Teachers Associations of Estonia and Latvia have developed this guide in co-operation with the EUROCLIO network. The international co-operation in the project was set up by EUROCLIO - the European Standing Conference of History Teachers Associations. Members of the History Teachers Associations of Estonia and Latvia form the core group of the project. Experts on history education from Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Russia and the United Kingdom advised the Estonian and Latvian core group. Expertise and experience, visual and textual sources from these countries make the teacher guide unique educational material.

The teacher guide is published in Estonian, Latvian and Russian. The teacher guide is a gift to every history teacher in Estonia and Latvia. During the teacher training seminars history teachers in Estonia and Latvia are trained to work with the teacher guide. The "New Ways to the Past" project is funded by the Matra programme of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This programme supports projects that contribute to the transformation of civic societies in Central and Eastern European countries.

The history teacher guide addresses important and controversial issues of European 20th century history: democracy and dictatorship in Europe between 1920 and 1940, effects of the Soviet regime on society in the Baltic States 1945 - 1991. Both topics are controversial in Estonia and Latvia. Perceptions of the historic events are important in the development of the political view of young people. The new teachers guide has a critical and multi-perspective attitude towards history.

The teacher guide supports the integration of society and the development of critical skills towards history and society. The teacher guide contains a variety of teaching and learning approaches, which are essential in the education of young people towards responsible citizens in a democratic society.

Latvian History Teachers Association
Mrs. Aija Klavina, President of the Association
47 - 12/2 Stabu Str., Riga, LV 1011, Latvia
Tel&fax: (+371) 7 376 040
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Homepage: http://www.ltn.lv/~docdis/en/lvsa.htm

Euroclio Secretariat
Ms. Joke van der Leeuw-Roord
Juliana van Stolberglaan 41
NL -2595 CA The Hague
The Netherlands
Tel&fax: (+31) 70 385 36 69
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Homepage: http://www.glasnet.ru/~euroclio

International Conference "The History of the Baltic States and the Young Generation" Held in Vilnius

August 22, at the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania in Vilnius the international conference "The History of the Baltic States and the Young Generation" organised by the Baltic Assembly took place. The participating parliamentarians, education experts and historians focused on teaching of the history of the Baltic States at schools. During the conference a presentation of the book "The History of the Baltic States" was held. The book, published in six languages - Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Russian, English and German, is a unique project implemented by a group of historians from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.