Education

There is a need to enshrine for the benefit of future generations and to remember forever the unique history and the legacy of the Holocaust (Shoah), which exterminated three fourths of European Jewry, including its premeditated nature as well as other Nazi crimes. ESLI realized an interesting project in the form of an international poster competition for best poster design with theme of Holocaust remembrance for students of art and design. Winning posters were exhibited worldwide in prestigious buildings such United Nations. Thanks to this project, very original yet comprehensible artworks were born capturing the most tragic chapter of the human history from various angles – victims, children, bystanders, perpetrators testifying about cruelty and senselessness of Shoah. We all share a moral obligation to remember those who suffered, commemorate the victims, and ensure such heinous crimes never occur again – for ourselves, our children and future generations to come.

Between 2012 and 2014, ESLI organized and hosted a series of five workshops, known collectively as the Provenance Research Training Program, in Magdeburg, Vilnius, Zagreb, Athens, and Rome. These workshops were developed around the complimentary themes of research, history, and ethics, and were conducted with a particular focus on: analytical and methodological tools that can serve to identify and assess patterns and compare these processes and their international impact; the impact of cultural plunder on museum collection management practices; the provision of a core understanding of the displacement of cultural objects throughout pre-war Europe, wartime plunder and its impact on collecting practices within the context of the international art market, and post-war efforts to recover looted cultural assets; and the ethical implications of cultural plunder during the Nazi era, current international policies, and art trade practices.

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