Professor by Special Appointment Marc van Berkel Awarded New Honorary Consul for Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau

Radboud University and Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau will join forces on 21 March when Professor by Special Appointment of Holocaust Education, Marc van Berkel, will be officially inaugurated as the museum's third international Honorary Consul. This will be a combination of academic insight and historical relevance, strengthening the dissemination of awareness about the Holocaust.

Following in the footsteps of ambassadors in America and Spain,  Professor by Special Appointment Marc van Berkel will represent the Dutch contribution to the global network of Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau from 21 March. With more than two million visitors a year, the museum is committed to preserving and spreading awareness and knowledge about the Holocaust. Late last year, the museum launched online tours, which allow groups with a real guide on site to visit the museum digitally. 

The consulship ties in seamlessly with Van Berkel's specific teaching assignment, which examines how the Holocaust can play a meaningful role in Dutch education for new generations. "For young people today, eighty years ago is a very long time. We can better connect education to young people's modern experiences by linking it to contemporary themes and applying digital techniques."

The symposium (1.30 - 5.30 pm) with the new Honorary Consul promises a great discussion about the continued relevance of the Holocaust for new generations and the key role that multimedia digital applications can play in it. National Anti-Semitism Coordinator Eddo Verdoner will open the symposium and will conclude with the inauguration of Van Berkel as Honorary Consul by Museum Director Dr Piotr Cywiński and a Q&A between Van Berkel and State Secretary for Health, Welfare and Sport, Maarten van Ooijen.

Contact information

For more information on the programme: Contact Marc van Berkel at marc.vanberkel [at] (marc[dot]vanberkel[at]ru[dot]nl) or the Communications Department of the Faculty of Arts at 024-3621220 or communicatie [at] (communicatie[at]let[dot]ru[dot]nl).

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