a Minority in the 21st Century
is aware that the best way to ensure the achievement
of the Council of Europe’s ideals in the field
of inter-ethnic relations, human and minority rights,
inter-religious dialogue and overcoming intolerance,
xenophobia, stereotypes and prejudices is to start by
educating the young generation in this regard.
Having identified a need to challenge misconceptions
about the condition and role of minorities in the national
past, with a particular emphasis on Jews and respectively
the Holocaust as the most sensitive issue, based upon
our experience of working with teachers on the one hand
and students on the other, we have come to the conclusion
that a wider approach is necessary, which should include
three steps: learn how to identify stereotypes and overcome
them, learn accurate information about the condition
and role of national minorities, and last but not least
learn how to confront (instead of denying) the negative
past – particularly the Holocaust – so as
to prevent its repetition.
consists of three activities supported by a
special strategy for the dissemination of the
Three-day information seminar on the
condition and role of minorities in the national
past, meant to provide the opportunity for representatives
of various minorities to meet and share their
positive and negative experience in the attempt
to preserve their respective cultural heritage,
in an attempt to help promote intercultural
Three-day training session for both teachers
and students, but also opened to other experts,
academics, public figures, journalists etc.,
designed to help them identify their own and
the others’ stereotypes/prejudices and
learn how to overcome them, and to help them
confront the negative national past –
particularly the Holocaust – so as to
enable them to pass it on to the young generation,
and not only [program]
Round table designed to put under debate the
current condition and role of ethnic minorities
and their relevance in the social, political
and even artistic field, thus helping protect
human and minority rights and increase sensitivity
to majority-minority problems
The works of the seminar (activity 2) and the transcript
of the round table debate will be published in a volume.
The project results will be disseminated through a press
conference and distributed to 500 + institutional audiences.
IDEE’s website hosts this special constantly updated
webpage dedicated to the project and its results.
Most activities are being carried out in cooperation
with the “Goldstein Goren” Center for Hebrew
Studies of Bucharest University, based on our excellent
track record of working together, to ensure the project
the best academic level possible.
In addition, activity 1 is being carried out in cooperation
with Yad Vashem and the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.