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In our histoPOD podcast we speak to international experts to learn how the Holocaust is remembered in different countries.

Japan and Germany were Allies in the Second World War. Memory of the Second World War is often influenced by 1945, the last year of the war, and the nuclear bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. How is the Holocaust communicated in Japan, and how does the country deal with its past? The Holocaust Education Resource Center (Kokoro) was founded in Tokyo in 1998. In this episode of the histoPOD we speak to its director, Fumiko Ishioka.

Intro: Kevin MacLeod, Sincerely, CC BY 4.0

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Fumiko Ishioka, Japan

is the director of the Tokyo Holocaust Education Resource Center (Kokoro), a non-profit educational organization, since 1998. It aims at helping learners become responsible and active global citizens who value human dignity for all and reject discrimination and prejudice. A protagonist of the award-winning children’s book and the documentary film Hana’s Suitcase, she received an Honorary Ph.D in Education from York University in Canada in 2006 and Distinguished Service Award from University of Washington, USA in 2016. She has given workshops at over 1,200 schools, lead annual study tours to Europe, and lectures at Aichi University of Education.

Annika Brockschmidt, Germany

is a freelance journalist and historian living in Berlin. She studied History and German literature in Heidelberg, before going on to study War and Conflict Studies, specialising in Genocide Studies in Potsdam. Work as a freelance journalist has led her to write for the Tagesspiegel, Zeit Geschichte and Zeit Online. Annika currently works as a freelance political journalist for the ZDF Hauptstadtstudio. Podcast production has been a passion of hers for many years and she has created successful podcasts such as “Science Pie”, which resulted in her co-authoring a non-fiction book on natural sciences and humanities at Rowohlt.