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The Mark and Gail Appel Program in Holocaust
and Antiracism Education - "Learning from the Past, Teaching
for the Future"- is an initiative of The Centre for Jewish
Studies and The Canadian Centre for German and European Studies
at York University in Toronto, Canada. Its name recognizes the
generosity of Mark and Gail Appel of Toronto, whose support has
sustained us since 2003. The 2009-2010 cycle represented the fifth
phase of the project, which began in 2001.
In the summer of 2011, we conducted a highly successful
retrospective-prospective symposium for past participants, with
conference presentations, workshops, and site visits, primarily
in Poznan but also in Berlin. and for the first time, a week-long
study visit to Israel, in conjunction with York University's partner
institution the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
We are now entering the 2013-2014 cycle.
The project brings together Canadian university students and fellow
students from Germany and Poland, to explore how best to counter
racism including antisemitism through teaching about
the Holocaust. It also involves experts and members of the broader
public in all three countries.
The project's official patron is Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c.
mult. Jutta Limbach, President of the Goethe Institute and past
President (Chief Justice) of the German Federal Constitutional
At the heart of the project's Phase III are two
periods of intensive collaborative work and exploration. The first
is three-and-one-half weeks of
Field Study in Germany and Poland
that will next take place in the summer of 2013. The second, a
ten-day follow-up Symposium
in Toronto, including a public lecture series, is tentatively
scheduled for February 2014.
Thanks to the generosity of the Appels, the Baden-Württemberg
Office for Civic Education and Ministry of Science, Research and
the Arts; German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Adam-Mickiewicz
University (Poznan), York University, and private donors, we have
been able to offer financial aid to all student participants who
demonstrate financial need.
This website introduces the projects goals,
approaches, program, coordinators, and individual and institutional
common questions and explains who can participate and how