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Barber’s station-Holocaust memorial Center for Jews in Republic of North Macedonia

A simple barber’s station, on display at the Holocaust Memorial Center for the Jews of Macedonia in the Republic of North Macedonia, teaches profound lessons about history that are relevant worldwide. Through such everyday artifacts, students and young people are invited to learn about and imagine the lives of ordinary Jews before the Holocaust – and, in turn, reject age-old antisemitic myths about Jewish wealth and power that continue to breed hatred and discrimination in the present day.

These personal artifacts invite curiosity and help to develop empathy, intercultural understanding and critical thinking, as learners ask questions about the lives and stories of individuals who owned and used each object. Such critical thinking is urgently needed, and not just in North Macedonia.