On 20 January 2020, together with the World Jewish Congress and UNESCO, the Permanent Delegations of Germany and France to UNESCO hosted a seminar for diplomats on the topic of anti-Semitism at the ‘Mémorial de la Shoah’, an important Holocaust memorial site in France.
The seminar constituted the first part of a series of events commemorating victims of National Socialism to which the Permanent Delegation made a significant contribution in a reflection of Germany’s particular responsibility.
The training day involved a series of lectures by a range of academics, after which participants had the opportunity to speak to the different experts.
Alongside in-depth presentations of the historic roots of Judaism, terms often used in public discours such as Anti-Judaism, Anti-Semitism and Anti-Zionism were clearly defined to inform the diplomats of the relevant semantic nuances. In addition, the problem of different forms of Holocaust denial was discussed.
The agenda also included a tour of memorial and educational sites with a thematic focus on depicting the persecution and subsequent deportation of Jews and other minorities such as Sinti and Roma to the Vichy Regime’s territory, as well as occupied France from 1940 to 1944.