In 2021, the Romanian Parliament passed a law making the teaching of the Holocaust and the history of the Jews compulsory in schools. However, implementation of the law is still in its early stages. With the current development of the curricula, textbooks, accompanying teaching materials, etc., an important opportunity for intervention is created by enabling the responsible bodies in the Ministry of Education, working closely with the Elie Wiesel Institute, to develop exemplary approaches and practices on the subject of Holocaust education and to explore new ideas and practices about how to tackle antisemitism in the classroom.
In light of its historic responsibility for the Holocaust and its accumulated experience over the past 30 years on the topic of Holocaust education, Germany has developed recommendations for the teachers and other pedagogical personnel as well as for the responsible educational bodies at all levels concerning prevention and intervention measures to tackle the phenomenon of antisemitism in school. The current "Joint Recommendations" of the most authoritative bodies in Germany have their origin in a deeply felt belief that the school is of paramount importance for laying the foundations for a participative and democratic society.
Although this document reflects in many ways Germany's education-specific challenges and structural problems, by translating it into Romanian and making it available to the relevant authorities and the wider public, we believe it could offer orientation and be a good measure for the ambitious endeavour the Romanian authorities are undertaking with respect to Holocaust education. The efforts are well worth it.
Translation in Romanian is available here: Joint Recommendations about how to tackle antisemitism in school
The original document in German is available here: Gemeinsame Empfehlung Antisemitismus